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The first solo exhibition in Ireland by the Portuguese artist Joćo Penalva presents a selection of installations and videos created over the past decade. Many of the works involve superimposing objects with fragmentary narratives, reflecting the supreme importance of language as a medium in Penalvas varied and meticulously-crafted body of work. The complex webs of meanings which he creates are used to explore the way in which culture is categorised and presented, largely through a process-based approach employing collection, detection, translation and documentation.
Comprising some 30 works, Joćo Penalva ranges from Wallenda, 1997-98, depicting the artists heroic feat of whistling the complete score for Stravinskys monumental Rite of Spring, to the much gentler Kitsune, 2001, with its delicate imagery of pine trees in a foggy landscape accompanied by a reflective, hypnotic narrative. Penalva started his career as a dancer, and the gestures associated with performance retain their importance in his work. In an interview in the exhibition catalogue, he explains that his language is, and always has been, a theatrical one. In his 1999 film Mister, set in an old caravan, a shoe takes to the stage to discourse in declamatory tones and with Beckett-like absurdity on illness, faith, medicine and death, including quotations from that last refuge of the afflicted, The Book of Job.
The exhibition is organised in association with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, and the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, where it has already been shown. A catalogue and exhibition guide accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition is supported by the Instituto Camöes, Portugal.
A Limited Edition print by Joćo Penalva is available to buy, please follow the link to IMMA Edition: Joćo Penalva
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