Born in Lisbon in 1981 of Portuguese and Angolan parentage.
Works mainly in the hybrid fields of photography, essay-film, sound and installation in their expanded formats.
MA Visual Anthropology, FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, 2012), BA Honors Fine Arts, Central St Martins College of Art & Design (London, 2004). Completion of the 1st Year Fashion Design Degree at the Faculty of Architecture, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (1999), Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Central St Martins College of Art & Design (London, 2000), BTEC Professional Diploma in Studio and Location Photography, London College of Communication (London, 2004) and the Advanced Photography Creation and Creativity Program at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2005).
In 2015 Macedo won the 1st Sonae Media Art Award with the three-channel video installation 1989.
In 2020 the Interseccion – Contemporary Audiovisual Art Festival (Corunha, Spain) dedicated a Retrospective Focus to Macedo’s film and video works.
Her debut film Seems So Long Ago, Nancy (London, 2012) was shot at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London and was screened at International Film Festivals and art galleries including DocLisboa (Lisbon, 2012), the Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, 2012), Tate Britain (London, 2012 / 13), MARFICI – International Independent Film Festival, Mar del Plata (Argentina, 2013) and Transcinema – Independent Film Festival, Lima (Peru, 2013). The film also won the SAW Film Prize by the American Anthropological Association – AAA (Washington-DC, 2014).
Macedo was a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin during the year of 2016, supported by the João Hogan Grant by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Other artistic residencies include Iwalewahaus (Beyreuth, Germany, 2017), Galeria Zé dos Bois (Lisbon, 2013), Sítio das Artes – Fórum Cultural O Estado do Mundo, Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão (Lisbon, 2007). The artist was also a grantee of the Orient Foundation in Shanghai (2008), Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon (2009), the Ministry of Culture – Inov-Art Grant in London (2010) and had a grant for film creation and internationalization by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2012 and 2014.
Selection of recent solo shows: Afri-Cola, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art (Lisbon, 2019), Esgotaram-se os Nomes Para as Tempestades #1 e #2, Culturgest (Porto, 2018) and Appleton Square (Lisbon, 2019), Orientalism and Reverse, Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art (Lisbon, 2017), Bela, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, (Berlin, 2016), Orientalism and Reverse, Kunstraum Botschaft, (Berlin, 2016), 1989, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art – Sonae Media Art Award (Lisbon, 2015), Seems So Long Ago, Nancy , Ano Zero Bienial of Contemporary Art (Coimbra, 2015), Foreign Grey, Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery (Vila do Conde, 2014), Staff Only , MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art (Lisbon, 2013 / 14) and Seems So Long Ago, Nancy at Tegenboschvanvreden Gallery (Amesterdam, 2014).
Selection of recent group shows: Natural Beauty, Lisbon Architecture Trienial (Lisbon, 2019), Paris Photo (Grand Palais, Paris 2017 and 2019), Ficção e Fabricação: Fotografia de Arquitetura após a Revolução Digital MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technoloy (Lisbon, 2019), Arco Lisboa (2017 and 2019), Photo Basel (Basel, 2018), Photo London, Somerset House (London, 2018), Orientalism and Reverse, Jeju Bienial of Contemporary Art, Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art (South Korea, 2017), XXIII Rohkunstbau (Spreewald, Germany , 2017), Exodus Stations #2, Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth, Germany, 2017), Viagem ao Invisível (Teatro Thalia (Lisbon, 2017), Jaz Aqui na Pequena Praia Extrema, Zé dos Bois Gallery (Lisbon, 2013) and Visões do Desterro (Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2013).
The artist is represented in various public and private art collections. Macedo edited the following books: “Orientalism and Reverse” (Ghost Editions and Kunstraum Botschaft, 2016), “What is Unspoken” (Künstlerhaus Bethanien ed. 2016) and “Luso-Tropicália”, 2009