Joana Escoval’s works are passages, open-ended invisible paths. The rhythm and fluidity of the elements she uses in her work are temporarily suspended in time, and will eventually follow their natural transition and transmission into other states of matter, keeping their new-found charges and vibrations from when they were sculptures. Whichever form they’re found in (mostly metals compounded or purified, mixed as alloys or mixed with other materials), these elements are charged with energies that unite beings and objects, the material and the spiritual. Escoval blurs the borders between what we are so used to calling “nature” and “culture,” and emphasises instead how everything is entangled and connected, seeing “nature” and its cycles beyond a western point-of-view—and most of all seeing it as something that is not separate from us.

 

As obras de Joana Escoval são passagens, caminhos invisíveis em aberto. O ritmo e a fluidez dos elementos a que recorre na sua obra estão temporariamente suspensos no tempo e anteveem a sua transição e transmissão natural para outros estados da matéria, mantendo as cargas e vibrações adquiridas desde que se configuravam enquanto esculturas. Seja qual for a sua forma primordial (na sua maioria, metais compostos ou purificados, amalgamados em ligas ou com outros materiais), estes elementos estão carregados de energias que unem seres e objetos, o material e o espiritual. Escoval dissolve as fronteiras entre aquilo que nos habituámos a designar como “natureza” e “cultura” e põe em evidência a malha de conexões entre todas as coisas, olhando a “natureza” e os seus ciclos para lá de um ponto de vista ocidental — e, sobretudo, olhando-a como algo inseparável de nós próprios.

 

 

 

Joana Escoval (1982) lives and works in Lisbon. 

She won the BES Revelação Prize in 2012 (Serralves Museum) and was nominated for the EDP Foundation New Artists Prize in 2015, in Portugal. Escoval has received a fellowship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and FLAD Foundation in 2013.

A selection of exhibitions and projects includes: Mutações. The Last Poet (solo show), Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2020);  In a waiting Room (solo show), curated by Milan Farronato, Fiorucci Art Trust, London (2019); 11a Biennal D’Art Leandre Cristòfol, curated by Julia Morandeira, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida, Spain (2019); De Collectie (1). Highlights for a Future, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium; The sun lovers (solo show), Tenderpixel, London (2018); The word for world (solo show), Greynoise, Dubai (2017), Fiducia Incorreggibile (solo show), Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon (2017), Transmissions from the Etherspace, curated by João Laia, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2017), Current Detours, HalfHouse, Barcelona (2017), I will go where I don't belong / Volcano Extravaganza, Forucci Art Trust, Stromboli (2016); I forgot to go to school yesterday (solo show), Kunsthalle Lissabon and Kunsthalle Tropical, Iceland (2016); Lichens Never Lie (solo show), La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, Rennes (2016); Matter Fictions, curated by Margarida Mendes, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2016); The lynx knows no boundaries, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2015); Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014). 

She won the BES Revelação Prize in 2012 (Serralves Museum) and was nominated for the EDP Foundation New Artists Prize in 2015, in Portugal. She received a fellowship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and FLAD Foundation in 2013. She participated in art residencies, including the Fiorucci Art Trust Residency in Stromboli in 2015, and RU, in New York in 2013/14. 

In collaboration with the artist Nuno da Luz, they have just edited the album “Beasts of Gravity”, a double LP released by Vinyl Factory, London.

 

Joana Escoval (1982) vive e trabalha em Lisboa.

Uma selecção de exposições e projectos incluem: Fiducia Incorreggibile, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon (2017), Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2017), Current Detours, HalfHouse, Barcelona (2017), I will go where I don’t belong / Volcano Extravaganza, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli (2016); I forgot to go to school yesterday, Kunsthalle Lissabon e Kunsthalle Tropical, Islândia (2016); Lichens Never Lie, La Criée Centre d’Art  ontemporain, Rennes (2016); Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisboa (2016); The lynx knows no boundaries, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2015); Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014). Ganhou o Prémio BES Revelação em 2012 (Museu de Serralves) e foi nomeada para o Prémio de Novos Artistas da Fundação EDP em 2015, em Portugal. Escoval recebeu uma bolsa da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e da Fundação FLAD em 2013. Entre outras residências, destaca-se a Fiorucci Art Trust Residency em Stromboli (2015) e a RU em Nova Iorque (2013/14). Recentemente publicou dois flexidiscs com Atlas Projectos e Palmário Recordings.