João Penalva

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This edition by Portuguese artist Joćo Penalva was created on the occasion of his 2006 solo exhibition at IMMA. Penalva's photographic works are often accompanied by texts, which contain narratives and characters, and he invites the viewer to connect imagery with text. Master Nanyo's evening shadows describes a married couple's exchange as they eat a meal. Shadows are prevalent in the image, and the black and white photograph makes it hard to distinguish between shadows and reality.


Joćo Penalva was born in Lisbon in 1949 and has lived and worked in London from 1976. He represented Portugal in the XXIII Bienal Internacional de Sćo Paulo, 1996, and in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia, 2001. He exhibited also in the Berlin Biennale 2, 2001, and the Biennale of Sydney, 2002. Other solo exhibitions include: Camden Arts Centre, London; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; Tramway, Glasgow, 2000; Rooseum Center for Contemprary Art, Malmö, 2002; Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, and The Power Plant, Toronto, 2003; Serralves Museum, Oporto, and Ludwig Museum Budapest, 2005; Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2006; DAAD Gallery, Berlin, and Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, England, 2007. He was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist's Residency in 2003/2004 and the Bryan Robertson Award in 2009.

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This catalogue, with texts in English and Irish, is a characteristic Penalva production, comprising of an interview with the artist by Joćo Fernandes, Director, Museu de Arte Contemporįnea de Serralves, Portugal


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Master Nanyo's evening shadows, 2006

  • Pigment print and card window mount
  • Image size: 42 x 29.9 cm
  • Signed and numbered by artist
  • Edition of 50

  • €360 full price
  • €324 IMMA members price