• João Penalva

    IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art

    According to a wall text prefacing Portuguese-born, London-based installation- and video-maker João Penalva’s ten-year survey exhibition, his work reflects on “the way culture is. . . mediated.” It’s an odd formulation, since in Penalva’s work mediation itself is posited as the site of culture. Yet nothing could be further from rote deconstructionist variations on “the play of signifiers” or “the copy without an original.” Mutating narratives pervade Penalva’s works but they’re taken as a given, not a cause for amazement, and manipulated to elegant and often very moving effect.

    That noted,

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