Joana Vasconcelos represents Portugal at the Venice Biennale
Vasconcelos expands this objective in her piece Trafaria Praia. The work addresses the similarities between the two cities in question: Lisbon and Venice. It examines three specific similarities that the geographical locations share: water, navigation, and the vessel. Both places maintain a significant role within history for broadening the European worldview during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The work is intended as an idealistic gesture on behalf of Joana Vasconcelos; a metaphorical circumvention of the power struggles that mark international relations today. This is a common practice for the artist who often appropriates everyday objects and meticulously transforms them.