Ana Mendes is a writer and visual artist based in London, UK. 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. Her performance work started by accident, when she wrote Self-portrait, a play about her identity, in 2011. Since then, she has been creating other works, in which performance is used in more diffuse terms.
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. Recently, she was shortlisted to the Frize Artist Award NY 2018, USA.