Susana Mendes Silva (b. Lisbon, 1972) is a visual artist, performer and associate professor at University of Évora/DPAO.
Her work incorporates elements of research and archival practice that leads to the creation of works whose historical and political references become visible as exhibitions, actions and performances that employ a wide variety of media. Her universe considers and reframes different social contexts without ever losing track of the individual's uniqueness. Her psychological intimacy and her voice are often the means for the diffusion and reception of poetic and political messages that call upon them.
Susana studied Sculpture at FBAUL (Lisbon, PT), and in the MPhil/PhD Fine Art (Studio Based Research) at Goldsmiths College for which she was awarded a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She has a PhD based in her practice — "Performance as an Intimate Encounter" — by the  College of the Arts of the University of Coimbra. She is also a Research fellow at CEIS20 – Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Coimbra and member of of the Direction of AAVP — Association of Visual Artists in Portugal.