Ana Mendes is a writer and visual artist based 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) and completed an M. A. in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London in 2011. Mendes creates projects in which she uses photography, video, drawing, text and installation to address issues of memory, language and identity.
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 Jerwood Space, London, UK (2017); Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK (2016); Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria (2016), among others. Mendes has been the recipient of several awards for her works in performance, video, photography and literature, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, second prize winner, London, UK; MAC International 2016, finalist, The MAC, Belfast, UK (2016); fellowship Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, 2015-2017, IASPIS (Swedish Visual Arts Grants International Committee for Visual and applied Arts) Artist-in-Residence 2017, and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Fellowship 2010/11 and International Grants 2013 and 2016, Lisbon, Portugal.