João Penalva, ‘The Prize Song’, 2001, Simon Lee Gallery
João Penalva, ‘The Prize Song’, 2001, Simon Lee Gallery
João Penalva, ‘The Prize Song’, 2001, Simon Lee Gallery
João Penalva, ‘The Prize Song’, 2001, Simon Lee Gallery

"Pavilion of Portugal", Biennale of Venice, . 2001, (illustrated in the catalogue, p. 6, 8, 18, 28 & 66-68)
"Tech/No/Zone", Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Taipei City. 2002.
"Body Power / Power Play", Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart. 07 September - 10 Novenmber 2002.
"Under Ground", Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden, 2003
"Eigse Carlow Arts Festival", Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, Carlow, 2004.
"Esfuerzo", Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, Donostia - San Sebastian. 11 November 2004 - 05 February 2005.
"VideoZone 2", 2nd biennale for video-art, The, Tel Aviv. 17 November-24 November 2004.
"Portugal Agora - A Propos des Lieux d'Origine", Mudam Luxembourg - Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg. 16 December 2007 - 07 April 2008.

Joao Penalva, "Joao Penalva", Paul Buck (Oporto: Fundacao de Serralves, 2005), (illustrated, image # 197, 203)

Private Collection / Portugal
PLMJ Foundation / Lisbon
Berardo Collection - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art / Lisbon

About João Penalva

João Penalva is known for his hour-long films spoken in languages like Hungarian and Esperanto. In 336 PEK (336 Rivers) (1999), a shot of a grassy park crisscrossed by walkers and joggers is accompanied by English subtitles, while a growly male voice recounts a variety of fables and tales in Russian, including the names of 277 of the 336 rivers that feed Siberia’s Lake Baikal. Penalva’s work—including performance, installation, photography, drawing, painting, and artist’s books—explores the fractured, changeable relationships among images, text, language, and sound, highlighting each element’s theatrical and narrative possibility. Recently, he has presented formal photographs of mysterious, indeterminable objects paired with captions. A former dancer who studied under Pina Bausch, Penalva is also influenced by the theories and work of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

Portuguese, 1949 , Lisbon, Portugal, based in London, United Kingdom