Portugal at the 2013 Venice Biennial


Trafaria Praia (2013) is the project of Joana Vasconcelos that represented Portugal at the 2013 Venice Biennial.  Trafaria Praia is a real cacilheiro, the ferryboat used until 2011 to cross the river Tagus and link southern suburbs with the rest of Lisbon. In this complex project, the artist examines historical links between Portugal and Italy, meaning of cacilheiro as a social and class symbol in Portugal, as well as the interplay of tradition and contemporaneity, which is of relevance for my research.


The picture shows a detail of  her panel of azulejos depicted on the outside of the ship: a panorama of today’s Lisbon, inspired by the famous Great Panorama of Lisbon which evokes the golden age of azulejo production.

Source: http://www.vasconcelostrafariapraia.com/en/apresentacao/