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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.

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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
João PenalvaSimon Lee Gallery
2015
João PenalvaSimon Lee Gallery
2013
João PenalvaSimon Lee Gallery
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Vase, 2010

Pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag White 310g mounted on Dibond, paint, lacquered maple and waxed oak frames and Plexiglass
83 1/5 × 57 1/5 × 2 2/5 in
211.4 × 145.4 × 6 cm
Editions 1, 2, 3 of 3 + 1AP
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Lisboa
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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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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