Ana Mendes is a writer and visual artist working and living in London and Stockholm. She studied animation film at La Poudrière École du Film d’Animation, Valence, France (2008), photography at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (2012), completed an M. A. in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London in 2011 and studied video at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden (2018/19).
Mendes creates projects in which she uses photography, video, drawing, text and installation to address issues of memory, language and identity.
Her work is based on concept/idea and created using fewer resources as possible.
Many of her projects are created in collaboration with other artists, scientists and workers, following an artistic research and development process, she invites other people to collaborate with her, going through a mutual process of learning, through serendipity. For instance, in 2014, she initiated her project ‘The People’s Collection’, in which she united people originating from colonised countries to visit ethnographic museums around the world, and rethink their identity in a post-colonial society.
Her work is often described as minimalist and poetic.
Recent individual exhibitions include 'a tale of Europeans', at the Natural History Museum, Vienna, and Universalmuseum Joanneum/Natural History Museum, Graz, Austria (2017). She has taken part in collective exhibitions at the Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (2019), Kunsthalle Zurich (2018), Jerwood Space, London, UK (2017); Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK (2016); Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria (2016), among others.
Mendes has been the recipient of numerous awards for her works in performance, video, photography and literature, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, second prize winner, London, UK; fellowship Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, 2015-2017, Artist-in-Residence IASPIS (Swedish Visual Arts Grants International Committee for Visual and applied Arts) 2017, MAC International 2016, finalist, The MAC, Belfast, UK (2016); Prize of the Jury, Special mention, MAAT Museum/Festival Fuso, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016; Prize of the Jury Sophiensaele/Festival 100 Grad, Berlin, 2014; fellowship Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Fellowship 2010/11 and International Grants 2013 and 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.