ANA JOTTA, BONUS. FOTO/ PHOTO: MIGUEL PROENÇA
Having exhibited regularly since the 1980s, Ana Jotta has developed a completely unique body of work which has warranted her clear recognition both within a national context and, especially over the last decade, internationally. Known for her cutting irony and criticism about the concepts of authorship or originality, extraordinarily diverse and heteroclite in her conception, formulation or presentation,her work occupies a space of freedom, using techniques as varied as painting, collage, performance, drawing, assemblage, photography, installation, sculpture, sound, video, embroidery, engraving, writing or appropriation of objects from various sources.
After having been awarded the EDP Foundation Grand Prize in 2013, and under the title Bonus, this is an exhibition which stems from an initiative between the artist and the museum, with the aim of using such an occasion to widen MAAT’s activity geographically, bringing it closer to the community. By setting it up in a space that is deliberately un-museum-like — on one of the busiest shopping streets in Belém, Rua do Embaixador —, the exhibition presents a selection of her recent and undiscovered works, seeking to engage with the location’s privileged architectural traits.