.
Born in Lisbon in 1972
Lives and works in Lisbon


solo exhibitions

2017

When my father brought these cloths he still didn’t know me, Curatorial Clube [a project by Bruno Leitão], Curated by Antónia Gaeta, http://curatorialclube.com/Susana-Mendes-Silva


2016
Aviatrix, Galeria Fonseca Macedo, Ponta Delgada, Azores (in the programme of Festival Walk n’Talk)
2014
Rectangle Disorder, Leal Rios Foundation, Lisboa
Untitled_WAG, The Widget Gallery, http://the-widget-art-gallery.blogspot.pt/
2012
Virgínia, Dâmaso, Emílio e Teófilo, Espaço Campanhã, Porto
2011
Hóspede | Guest, Sleep with me #1, Galeria Caroline Pagés, Lisboa
2010
Susana Mendes Silva, Threshold artspace, Perth, Scotland
2009
X, Marz Galeria, Lisboa
2008
Square Disorder, Appleton Square, Lisboa
2006
Did I hurt you?, Zoom, Galeria Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisboa
2005
Words in my mind, Casa d'Os Dias da Água, Lisboa
Life-cage, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa
2004
S/ Título (Maus Hábitos), Maus Hábitos, Porto
2003
I know I'm not to blame, In transit, Artes em Partes, Porto
"...!?", Galeria Marta Vidal, Porto
"a Dois" (with Frederica Bastide Duarte), Museu de Francisco Tavares Proença Junior, Castelo Branco
2002
S/ Título (Lounge), Lounge Bar, Lisboa
(Prevenção da) Vertigem, Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa
1999
S/ Título (Sarajevo), 1999, Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa


group exhibitions (selection)

2016
BF'16: Photography Biennale, Museu do Neo-Realismo, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal, curated by David Santos
All heritage is poetry, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, curated by Filipa Oliveira
with Ai Weiwei, Anri Sala, Clemens Von Wedemeyer, Danh Võ, David Maljković, E.B. Itso, Elisabetta Benassi, Francisco Tropa, Julius Koller, Lara Almarcegui, Lida Abdul, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mariana Silva, Oswaldo Maciá, Pablo Bronstein, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Richard Wentworth, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Susana Mendes Silva, Tonico Lemos Auad e Vasco Araújo
Faz tu mesmx, Sputnik the Window, Porto, curated by Ana Carvalho, Sofia Ponte e Margarida Carvalho
Humidifique-se, curated by Miguel Von Hafe Peréz, Espaço Bregas, Lisboa, 
with Alice Geirinhas, Ana Pérez-Quiroga, André Cepeda, Arlindo Silva, Augusto Alves da Silva, Dayana Lucas, Gabriel Abrantes, Gustavo Sumpta, João Pedro Vale, João Marçal, Miguel Flor, Miguel Palma, São Trindade, Susana Mendes Silva, Tomé Duarte and Vera Mota
2015
Afinidades Electivas: Julião Sarmento Coleccionador, curated by Delfim Sardo, EDP Foundation, Lisboa
2000-2015, Fonseca Macedo Gallery, curated by João Silvério, with Ana Vieira, Rui Calçada Bastos, Belén Uriel, Sandra Rocha, José Loureiro, Marco Pires, Maria José Cavaco, Mudaulane, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Susana Mendes Silva, Urbano and Vasco Barata. Ponta Delgada, Azores
Motel Coimbra, representation of the work of 41 Doctors and PhD Candidates from the College of the Arts, University of Coimbra at the Bienal of Cerveira
2014
uma prática necessária, artistic project curated by Antonia Gaeta for the homepage: http://umapraticanecessaria.org/, from 24th October to 16th November
2013
Langages: Entre le dire et le faire, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian et programe Chantiers D'Europe: Lisbonne-Paris, Paris
Hetero q.b., Chiado Museum, Lisboa
2012
shapes and forces: Susana Mendes Silva, António Bolota, Zulmiro de Carvalho, Alexandre Estrela, Fernando Lanhas, Candice Lin, João Queiroz, Isabel Ribeiro, Arlindo Silva, André Sousa, Ângelo de Sousa, Sérgio Taborda, Pedro Tropa, Willem Weismann, Christine Fowler, Curated by Óscar Faria, Galeria Quadrado Azul, Porto

All My Independent Women 2012, AMIW Video Lounge | Collection of video art by feminist artists belonging to All My Independent Women’s network; Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University of London
Motel Coimbra - MMXXI, School of the Arts, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Verride, Santa Catarina's Palace, Lisboa
All My Independent Women 2012, Vox Feminae Festival, Cinema Europa, Zagreb, Croatia
2011
Videobytes at Russ and Daughters: Robert Breer, John Baldessari, Harry Smith, Gordon Matta-Clark, Susana Mendes Silva, Kate Gilmore, and Hiraki Sawa; James Cohan Gallery at Russ and Daughters, New York
Trama - Festival de Artes Performativas, Fundação de Serralves, Porto
Collections III: Works by Women Artists, Threshold artspace, Perth
Mar Atlântico, TESOL International Film Festival, New York
Um século, Dez lápis, Cem desenhos – Viarco Express, Biblioteca Almeida Garrett, Porto
Vídeoarte Portuguesa, Projecto Videolab - FONLAD, OFFicyna Szczecin, Poland; Arteles, Gallerija Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
Videolab na "Noite da Química", Fachada exterior do Departamento de Química da UC
2010
The Tell Tale Heart (Part II), James Cohan Gallery, New York
In sight, Screenings of Artists Films and Videos: Breda Beban, A K Dolven, Tracey Emin, Lucy Gunning, Mona Hatoum, Liliane Lijn, Susana Mendes Silva, Nicola Naismith, Margaret Salmon, Denise Webber, Carey Young, Free Word Centre, London
Like Tears in Rain, Palácio das Artes, Porto
Mirror, mirror on the wall, Tamtam8, Berlin
The Print Salon, The Mews, London
Portuguese Waves: Joana Bastos, Mauro Cerqueira and Susana Mendes Silva, Threshold artspace, Horsecross Arts, Perth, Scotland
Tiresias-videos de artistas made in Portugal, Centro Cultural España, Montevideo, Uruguay
Mono (a propósito do Grupo Cores_GICAPC 1976/78), Festival de Performance LINE, CAPC, Coimbra
Um Século, Dez Lápis, Cem Desenhos – Viarco Express, Torre da Oliva, São João da Madeira
Carris Arte em Movimento: Alexandre Farto, Susana Anágua, Susana Mendes Silva e Vasco Araújo; Elevador de Santa Justa, Ascensores do Lavra, Bica e Glória, Lisboa
Colecção L. Ferreira, Biblioteca Municipal D. Dinis, Odivelas
2009
Encontros da Imagem'09, Mosteiro de Tibães, Braga
Do séc. XVII ao séc. XXI: além do tempo, dentro do Museu, Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, Porto
Café Portugal, Museu Carlos Machado, Ilha de São Miguel, Açores
Um Século, Dez Lápis, Cem Desenhos ? Viarco Express, Museu da Presidência da República, Lisboa
Estética Solidária, Palácio do Marquês, Lisboa
2008
O Presente: Uma Dimensão Infinita, BESart - Colecção Banco Espírito Santo, Museu Berardo, Lisboa
Café Portugal, Design Factory, Bratislava, Slovakia; Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
Bichos: entre o Homem e o Animal, Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Lisboa
Ponto de Vista: obras da Colecção da Fundação PLMJ, Museu da Cidade, Lisboa
FW: Re: Re, Rhizome, http://rhizome.org/art/exhibition/fw_re_re/
18 Presidentes, Um Palácio e Outras Coisas Mais, Palácio de Belém, Lisboa
Turn me on, Pavilhão 28, Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa
2007
INTIMACY: Across Visceral and Digital Performance, Goldsmiths, LABAN, The Albany, London
Leilão de Arte Contemporânea MSV, Museu da Electricidade, Lisboa
3º Prémio de Pintura Ariane de Rothschild, Antiga Fábrica Mirandela, Lisboa
Deslocações, Bragaparque, Braga
25 frames por segundo: vídeos da Colecção da Fundação PLMJ, Cinema São Jorge, Lisboa
Entre a palavra e a imagem, Museu da Cidade, Lisboa; Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães
Do It With Others (DIWO): E-Mail-Art at NetBehaviour, HTTP://, London e | and http://www.http.uk.net/docs/exhib12/exhibitions12.shtml
Explum 07, Puerto Lumbreras, Murcia
2006
(Re) Volver, Plataforma Revólver, Lisboa
Entre a palabra e a imaxe, Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña
Upgrade! International, Oklahoma City
Manicómio Dr. Heribaldo Raposo- Interpretações, Museu da Cidade, Lisboa
PrintROOM (A collection of artists' publications by Karin de Jong), Bureau Gallery, Salford, UK
Educação Estética - Artistas Unidos pela ABRAÇO, Quarteirão do Chiado, Lisboa
Iniciativa X, Arte Contempo, Lisboa
Art Tech Media 06, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión Fenosa, A Coruña; Artium, Vitoria; Da2 - Domus Artum 2002, Salamanca; Centro Párraga, Murcia; BilbaoArte, Bilbao; CCCB, Barcelona; Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Entre o corpo, Galeria Sete, Coimbra
2005
Creadoras de metrópolis: Madrid-Lisboa, Estampa 05, Madrid
Mar Atlantico- Portuguese Video Art, FVNM, The School of the Art Institut Chicago
Del Zero al 2005, Fundação Marcelino Botín, Santander
Private t'shirt, Loja do Lopes, Lisboa; Festival Número, Teatro Taborda, Lisboa
Prog:me, Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro
Toxic- O Discurso do Excesso, Hangar K7, Fundição de Oeiras, Oeiras
Identidades Virtuais, Encontro Arte e Comunicação, CCB, Lisboa
My own private images, Plataforma Revolver, Bienal Lisboaphoto 2005 Lisboa; Maus Hábitos, Porto
PrintROOM, Printing Matters KIOSK XII-Modes of Multiplication, Witte de With, Rotterdam
Penthouse- uma ocupação temporária, Rua de Ceuta, 16 (4º, 5º e 6º andares), Porto
Uma extensão do olhar: obras da colecção da Fundação PLMJ, CAV, Coimbra
Iniciativa X, Arte Contempo, Lisboa
2004
Proximidades e Acessos: obras da colecção de Ivo Martins, Culturgest, Porto
49ème Salon d'Art Contemporain de Montrouge, Paris
OUT VIDEO- International video-art festival in public spaces, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Selecção Nacional, in Em Jogo/ On Side, CAV, Coimbra
2003
Francisco Queirós, Pedro Cabral Santo, Pedro Diniz Reis, Susana Mendes Silva, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisboa
Arte dos Artistas, Culturgest, Lisboa
50/50, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2002
Arte-Público, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto/ Culturgest, Lisboa
Life Policies, ZDB, Lisboa
Free Manifesta, manifesta 4, Frankfurt
Interpress: Exhibit A, Interpress, Lisboa
Under Surveillance/ Sob Vigilância, Fábrica da Pólvora, Barcarena.
2001
URBANLAB.Bienal Maia_2001 [short cut], Maia
Snapshot, Beaver College, Fine Arts Gallery, Philadelphia
2000
NonStopOpening, ZDB, Lisboa
M@il Art - 100 P@rtes, Artes em Partes, Porto
2000, Galeria André Viana, Porto
Plano XXI-Portuguese Contemporary Art, Glasgow
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
Galeria D. Ivone, Caldas da Rainha
1999
Quarto Interior, W.C. Container, Porto
Spazio Sarajevo, Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Roma
Artistas por Timor, Armazém 7, Lisboa
1998
Acasos & Materiais, CAPC, Coimbra
Chiapas: La Premier Revolución Social del III Milenio, Galeria AEBU, Montevideo
Index 3, Galeria João Graça, Lisboa e www.virose.pt
Projects from the workshop of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Academy, Sarajevo
1997
Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Turino
Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo, Kaapelitehdas, Kable Fabriken, Helsinki
Toys are us (constrangimentos objectivos), Cisterna da FBAUL, Lisboa
Gota-a-Gota, Ciclo Explorações, Goethe Institut de Lisboa
1996
Jovens Criadores'96, Cordoaria, Lisboa


performance

2015
you & me, one-to-one performance for Festival Condomínio.
Festival Condomínio takes place on private homes throughout Lisbon.
The performance sessions were held previously on the artist's studio on the 15th and 16th of June from  2:30 to 7:30 pm.
On the 21st of June the performance outcome was presented on the apartment of Mariana e and Madalena — Rua da Imprensa Nacional 81, 1º frente, Lisboa.
2014
#1 [preview], by Susana Mendes Silva and Miguel Pereira, with the participation of Jari Marjamäki, Leal Rios Foundation, 28th January, sessions at 10:30 am and 6:30pm
#2 [nstruction manual], by Susana Mendes Silva and Miguel Pereira, Leal Rios Foundation; 20 minutes sessions on 19th and 22nd February, and on 5th of March
#3 [finissage], by Susana Mendes Silva and Miguel Pereira, with the participation of Jari Marjamäki, Leal Rios Foundation, 7th of March, 10:30 pm
2013
Audio description, with Abdul Moimême, Vinte e Sete Sentidos Program by Associação Granular, Culturgest, Lisboa, 11th July, 6:30pm.
Le trésor, Chapelle des Petits Augustins, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, 5th of June, 6pm and 7pm.
The Director, in collaboration with Miguel Pereira, 18 May, 9:30pm, Chiado Museum, Lisboa
2012
o tesouro | the treasure, apresentada no nº283 da rua do almada, 20 de Julho | performed at 283, rua do almada in Oporto, 20th July
2011
X, Trama Festival de Artes Performativas, Cinema Passos Manuel e percurso na cidade do Porto
Hóspede| Guest, live performance, 6 de Julho de 2011
2010
Palco (com | with Bárbara Falcão Fernandes), "Amigos coloridos", Festival Alkantara, Teatro São Luís, Lisboa
2009
X, live performance, 15th to 18th, 23rd and 25th September, Marz Galeria, Lisboa
2008
uma história, performance via skype phone, in "18 Presidentes, Um Palácio e Outras Coisas Mais", Lisboa, 4/5/6/11/18-10 and 29-11
2007
a bedtime story, performance via skype phone, in "INTIMACY: Across Visceral and Digital Performance", Goldsmiths, LABAN, The Albany, London, 7-9 December
2006
Art_room #3, networked performance with skype video, Upgrade! International, Oklahoma City, 30-11-2006, 16-12-2006, 20-12-2006.
Art_room, live performance, Fundacción Luis Seoane, A Coruña
2005
Art_room, networked performance with webchat and webcam, Identidades Virtuais, Lisboa
Person with t'shirt #2, by Maria João Garcia and Susana Mendes Silva, Festival Número, Teatro Taborda, Lisboa
Person with t'shirt #1, by Maria João Garcia and Susana Mendes Silva, Loja do Lopes, Lisboa
Artphone, networked performance with skype phone, Prog:me, Rio de Janeiro
a kiss (in the cheek), Loja do Lopes, Lisboa
2002
Artphone, Free manifesta, manifesta 4, Frankfurt


other projects

2015
Disorder, short film by Maria João Guardão and Susana Mendes Silva, session at 9500 Cineclube of Ponta Delgada, within the program of the anniversary exhibition 2000-2015 of Galeria Fonseca Macedo, curated by João Silvério, 18th July, 6:30pm.
2014
Disorder, short film by Maria João Guardão and Susana Mendes Silva, premiere at Festival Temps d'Images - Films on Art, 14th November , 6pm, Cinema Ideal, Lisboa.
Visual collaboration on the documentary project Cinematógrafo alkantara by Maria João Guardão for Alkantara Festival, Lisboa.
2013
An afternoon, by Rogério Nuno Costa and Susana Mendes Silva: practical working session in the context of the international meeting of artists and researchers in Performance Studies Generative Indirections, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal.
2012
Special bag edition, with Adaism, for Conserveira de Lisboa
2011
Participação na instalação sonora "Gritos de Artistas" de Ana Borralho & João Galante. Verão Azul Festival, Lagos
2010
Amigos coloridos, Festival Alkantara, Teatro São Luís, Lisboa
2009
Open studios, Goldsmiths College, London
2008- hoje
Blog to perform: performance and performative art practices from portugal, http://www.pt-performance.blogspot.com/
2008
Art coaching of Tokonoma (Dance), by Ludger Lamers (P/A), Elsa Aleluia (P), Carlos Zíngaro (P).
Portrait of Eduarda Silva for Salad Days/7 artistas ao 10º mês, a project by Susana Pomba, L+arte magazine, October, p.48, saladdaysnewart.wordpress.com
L+arte magazine 2008 Calendar
2007
ArteLisboa, happening in ArteLisboa Art Fair, Lisboa
Lottery Maumaus, Escola de Arte Maumaus, Lisboa 30.06.2007
Phantasia, project for the art magazine L+arte, february edition
2006
Sheet, by Hidden Agenda contemporary art editions, distribution via e-mail
Sheet, in "e-zine vector" [editors Miguel Leal and Fernando José Pereira]
"Bare Life" conversation, as participating guest for July 2006 on empyre - organized in collaboration with Documenta 12 Magazine Moderator Christina McPhee. The other guests include artists Deborah Kelly (AU), Connor McGarrigle (IR), GH Hovigimyan (US), artist/theorist, Jordan Crandall (US), and theorist David Garcia (NL)
The Upgrade! Lisbon, curated by Luís Silva, Lisboa 20 arte contemporânea
"Parfum d'artiste", in Se tiveres sorte, Loja do Lopes, 14-02-06
2003
Insert of drawing for free reproduction, Jornal Público, 08.03.03.
I'm Here, project for the online magazine Homeless Monalisa
2002
The Manifesta archive, manifesta 4, Frankfurt
2001
"Público (Centerfold)", Project Arte-Público, Público newspaper, 19.05.01.
2000
"Quando uma mulher usa uma pistola, isso é...", desktop image email.
Cover of Psicologia magazine, Lisboa: Celta Editores, vol. XIV, nº1.
1997
Organization of the exhibition Toys are us (constrangimentos objectivos), with António Caramelo, Cisterna da FBAUL, Lisboa
With Ana Pinto, António Caramelo, Carla Antunes, Graciete Claro, Maria João Lopes Fernandes, Miguel Brinca, Rui Toscano, Sara Barriga, Susana Mendes Silva, Vítor dos Santos.


artist books

2013
Artist book inserted on the catalogue of the exhibition Langages: Entre le dire et le faire, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris. With: Aurélien Froment, Bas Jan Ader, Fernanda Fragateiro, João Penalva, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Julia Rometti & Victor Costales, Manon de Boer, Meris Angioletti, Pedro Barateiro, Rosa Barba, Shilpa Gupta, Susan Hiller and Susana Mendes Silva. Curator: Filipa Oliveira
2011
Reporter X, com | with Ana Nobre de Gusmão, jornal de artista no âmbito de | artist newspaper for Obra de Papel, Guimarães Capital da Cultura, Guimarães
X, desdobrável | folded leaflet, Trama Festival de Artes Performativas, Trama/Fundação de Serralves, Porto.
1999
Delicatesse, [artist edition], texts by Alexandre Melo, Nuno Faria, João Silvério, dist. Ed. Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa.
Catalogue of the exhibition S/Título (Sarajevo), [artist edition], Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa.


grants, support and residencies

2010-14
Atribuição de atelier no Palácio dos Coruchéus, da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, através do Concurso Ateliers Municipais para as Artes | Studio awarded by the City of Lisbon at Palácio dos Coruchéus (public competition)
2007-2009
Gulbenkian Foundation Grant
2003
"a Dois", residence program at CENTA, Vila Velha de Ródão (concept and program by André Guedes)
1999
Visual Arts grant from Centro Nacional de Cultura
1998
Travel support (Sarajevo-Lisboa), Instituto de Arte Contemporânea do Ministério da Cultura


collections

Ivo Martins Collection (in deposit at the Serralves Foundation, Contemporary Art Museum, Porto)
Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Europe Collection
PLMJ Foundation Collection
Sarmento Collection
Novo Banco Collection
ANACOM Collection
Norlinda and José Lima Collection
Leal Rios Collection
Other private collections