Saturday 15 October 2016
Self-portrait is a play about my identity. Over the years, I collected my personal details – since my birthdate until the track diseases in my family – and wondered what is the role that heritage plays in our life. It could be a police questionnaire or a manifesto against all the interrogatories that we have to fill in over our lives. But, it is just a Self-portrait. Perhaps, automatic.
Ana Mendes is a writer and visual artist living and working in Vienna, London and Berlin. She became a performer by accident when she wrote ‘Self-portrait’, a play on her identity. Ana studied Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London, animation film at la Poudriére – École du Film d’Animation, in France, and Photography at Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany. She develops interdisciplinary projects, in which she uses sound, text, video and photography in order to speak on subjects, such as language, identity and memory. Her work revolves around the idea of movement and rhythm.