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Acrylic on canvas, 2020. The codes of social media are a new language of communication. It is assumed that a video for Instagram should be vertical, emojis are accepted as a response and nipples are not allowed. Most people have two nipples, but in some cases more than two develop, and they usually grow along the milk line. This image shows us a staged situation where the background is precariously held by a poorly hidden figure. The main character has her mouth covered by one of the set design elements, and several black squares hide possible multiple nipples along the milk line. We are protected from what we can't be sure is really there, and reality dances with illusion on a daily basis.
Joana Lucas is a Portuguese visual artist living in Berlin. She creates photorealistic paintings that depict images of fractured daily life in urban environments. Her paintings show the fascination and power of the uncanny and strange through images that play with beauty, social media and classical aesthetics as a means to touch the viewer. She comprehends her surroundings through images and uses them as a code to interpret and communicate information. The scope of her methodology revolves around the relationship between photography and painting, as a way to frame an exact moment in life and trace the human passage. She graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, University of Lisbon, in 2003. In the same year she received a scholarship to attend the Statens kunstakademi in Oslo. In 2004, she studied advanced photography at the Portuguese Association of Photographic Art in Lisbon. In 2005 she received a scholarship for an internship at Kreuzberger Musikalische Aktion, Berlin. Since then she lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been shown regularly and in several international exhibitions since 2001.
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