Ana Jotta


Ana Jotta was born in Lisbon in 1946, where she works and lives. After studying at Lisbon´s Fine Arts School and Brussels' École d'Arts Visuels de l'Abbeye de la Cambre, Worked as an actress and stage designer (1976-79) with "Produções Teatrais" (University Theatre, Lisbon). From the 1980's onwards, she focused her activity on the visual arts and since the early nineties has been a regular presence at major art fairs and biennales (ARCO, Brussels, Johannesburg, Barcelona, etc.). In 2005, she had the retrospective exhibition Rua Ana Jotta at the Museu de Serralves.. In 2014, Ana presented an anthological A Conclusão da Precedente at Culturgest, Lisbon. Ana Jotta has build her work in a sequence of breakthroughs that embody some sort of erasement: of her own previous footsteps; of modernist ideology and post-modern mythologies; and of the notion of authorship - either by deconstructing it or rebuilding it, she has attempted to dismantle the idea of a coherent or univocal style. Through a bare economy of means, her work shows a great sense of intelligence and wit. With Ana Jotta, you can always expect the unexpected.

2013 - Grande Prémio Fundação EDP;
2014 - Prémio AICA;
2017 - Rosa Shapire Award, Kunsthalle, Hamburg.