Beyond Entropy and Nuova Icona present: Mónica de Miranda “no longer with the memory but with its future”

On the occasion of the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Beyond Entropy Africa and Nuova Icona present, at the Oratorio di San Ludovico in Venice, the solo exhibition “no longer with the memory but with its future” by the artist Mónica de Miranda, curated by Paula Nascimento, produced by Beyond Entropy Africa and Nuova Icona with the support of Fondazione Morra and of AlbumArte, and thanks to the sponsorship of the platform for art Materia and the Caluste Gulbenkian Fondation.

Preview Dates
April 20, from 5 pm to 8 pm – Opening Reception
April 23, from 5 pm to 8 pm – Private View with the presence of Monica de Miranda and Paula Nascimento

Exhibition dates:
April 23 to May 29, from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

Location: Oratorio di San Ludovico, Calle dei Vecchi, Dorsoduro 2552, Venezia
(vaporetto /water bus stop: S. Basilio)

The show is open to the public from 20 April to 29 of May (Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm) and will be inaugurated on 20 of April (from 5 to 8 pm). A private view with the artist and the curator will be on Saturday 23 of April (from 5 to 8 pm) at the Oratorio di San Ludovico, Calle dei Vecchi, Dorsoduro 2552, Venice.

The exhibition brings together a new body of work by Mónica de Miranda – an interdisciplinary Portuguese artist of Angolan origin, whose research-informed practice investigates convergences between politics, identity, gender, memory, and place, as well as the complexities of identity construction within her own geographies of affection – and is structured around a video work “Path to the Stars” (2022) that finds inspiration in Agostinho Neto’s homonymous poem and was shot in the River Kwanza, Angola’s longest river. The vitality and strength of the ecosystem of the river function as an analogy between the body and the water and its relationship to history – the river is linked to the history of the Atlantic.

The exhibition also features photographic work exploring the entanglements between femininity and nature and a text-based installation. Through an oppositional gaze towards history, Mónica’s works advance important discussions about belonging and future-making in the contemporary Anthropocene era.

The exhibition’s title “no longer with the memory but with its future” reflects on the dialectic relations between past, present, and future through creative engagement with historical traces to project and imagine new futures. It displays a cosmovision towards new modes of understanding human subjectivity, moving forward the necessary discussion around the relations between human dimensions, such as language and politics, and the environment in which we dwell.

The film “Path to the Stars” follows the journey of a Heroine from sunrise to sunset, confronted by her own shadow and by different temporalities and micro-narratives, proposing a counter-narrative composed of the complex biographies that overlap and interact: the past and the anti-colonial freedom fighters, the uncertainty of the present and the desire to belong, and projection of the future and the desire to reach a symbiosis with nature and to unfold the ecological crisis that destroys our nature. The central piece works structurally and conceptually as a river from which branches and layers of stories and metaphors unfold.

At a time when humanity is facing various challenges such as increased discrimination, global warming, wars and ecological disasters, “no longer with the memory but with its future” functions as an opportunity to share and seek future directions through creative reflection and imagination.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with a foreword by Vittorio Urbani and texts by Paula Nascimento, Ana Nolasco, Marisa Moorman and Yara Nakahanda Monteiro.

Title: no longer with the memory but with its future
Artist: Mónica de Miranda
Curator: Paula Nascimento
Location: Oratorio di San Ludovico, Calle dei Vecchi, Dorsoduro 2552, Venice (vaporetto: S. Basilio)
Exhibition Date: April 20 to May 29, from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm
Free Entrance (Covid Protocols – Super green pass compulsory)

Produced by: Beyond Entropy Africa and Nuova Icona in partnership with Fondazione Morra e AlbumArte
Thanks to Sponsorship: Materia – Gold Sponsorship, Fondazione Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbona.
Galleries support Sabrina Amrani GalleryJahmek Contemporary ArtCarlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea
Collaboration of: Mercedes Vilardell, Mário Castelbranco, Artworks, Fineprint, Geração 80