Luisa Menano was born in Mozambique and had to abandon the homeland, with her family, in 1974 to go and live in Portugal. This was a result of a colonial war that had been erupting in Mozambique and for a long period of time spilled into the Portuguese Revolution of 25th April 1974. It was an extremely uncertain period and they become the key elements to contribute to Luisa’s psychological, emotional and intellectual development. Anxiety, sadness, sense of loss, nostalgia, and melancholia were revived while observing and remembering those times. A strong sense of displacement has remained hidden and only emerged and became recognised when Luisa moved to pursue her academic studies England. She started her research with a Mater Degree and in 2006 accomplished her PhD.
To illustrate her concept of being in the world Luisa, focuses the journey on Memory, Loss, Displacement and Diaspora, combining the use of Photography, Video and sound installation to collate into a new narrative. Space, is fundamental in Luisa’s work as it echoes the silence and the breeze of the inner voice.
She has been teaching and exhibiting internationally.