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João Penalva

João Penalva is best known for making large-scale installations in various media.

Penalva works with video and slide projections, sound, drawing, painting and found materials. Through these media he addresses narrative modes and the relationships between images, text, language and sound. His storytelling is often fractured, presenting juxtaposed narrative elements, allowing the viewer a latitude of freedom in their interpretation. Making art João Penalva’s second career – in his first he was a dancer, working with Pina Bausch and Gerhard Bohner.

João Penalva, born 1949 in Lisbon, Portugal, lives and works in London. He has been collaborating with BORCH Gallery & Editions since 2007.