Gazing at the family: self-portraiture, feminism and the Portuguese Diaspora (1940-1975)
Ana Janeiro uses performance and self-portraiture to explore questions of identity. Her practice-based PhD research investigates family photography, drawing on the specific identity formation of the Portuguese dictatorship and Diaspora politics between 1940 and 1975. Her research work will examine the intertwining of personal and collective issues, specifically relating to the female members of the family, through the field of self-portraiture photography.

Ana studied Fine Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. She developed her work in self-portraiture and self-representation during her MA in Photography at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (UCA), Rochester, UK. Exhibitions of her work include the solo shows: ALBUM, Índia Portuguesa 1951-1961, Laboratório das Artes, Guimarães (2010); “Who’s the fairest one of all?”, Paulo Amaro Gallery, Lisbon (2010); Onze, Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisbon (2005). Ana is a Lecturer at the School of Communication and media studies in Lisbon. Her work is represented in several art collections.

Images from: Album India Portuguesa 1951-1961