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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva live and work in Lisbon. Working in collaboration since 2001, their research driven practice is a poetic investigation of the metaphysical, encompassing moving image, installation, sculpture, and photography. Creating objects and scenarios that are equally cinematic, comedic, and enigmatic, together their works defy the rational, challenging our understanding of the known world.

Past solo exhibitions of their work include João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva: Peacock, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2017, The Sleeping Eskimo, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2016, The Missing Hippopotamus, Kkv Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015, Papagaio, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2014; travelled to Camden Arts Centre, London, 2015, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2015, One month without filming, REDCAT, Los Angeles, 2015, Since you have eaten the horse, you can travel to Rome by donkey: on dwarf philosophy, Kunsternernes Hus, Oslo, 2012 and Passengers 1.7, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2008. In 2009, Gusmão and Paiva represented Portugal at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Additionally, their work was included the The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the International Art Exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013, the 8th Gwangju Biennale, 2010, Manifesta 7, 2008, the 6th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, 2007, and the 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, 2006.

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Featured Artworks

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Cabeça de repolho (Cabbage head) by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaCabeça de repolho (Cabbage head), 2018 Painted polyvinyl chloride
35.6 x 23.5 x 20.3 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Cabeça de laranja (Orange head) by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaCabeça de laranja (Orange head), 2016 Painted polyvinyl chloride
23 x 23 x 20 cm
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Experiment on the Effluvium by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaExperiment on the Effluvium, 2009 16mm film, colour, no sound, 10 mins 43 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Placing the fisheye by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaPlacing the fisheye, 2012 16mm film, colour, no sound, 2 min 30 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery
Under a car by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaUnder a car, 2011 16mm film, colour, no sound, 1 min 48 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery
The Initiate by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaThe Initiate, 2008 16mm film, colour, no sound, 2 mins 39 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery
30 meters of rope by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva30 meters of rope, 2018 16mm film, colour, no sound, 1 min 39 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery
The green shutter by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva contemporary artwork João Maria Gusmão + Pedro PaivaThe green shutter, 2018 16mm film, colour, no sound, 4 mins 50 secs
Andrew Kreps Gallery

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Mad, magical and mesmerising: Gusmão + Paiva's labyrinth of silent films Related Press Mad, magical and mesmerising: Gusmão + Paiva's labyrinth of silent films The Guardian : 4 February 2015

What a peculiar world the Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva inhabit. Populated by birds, fish and animals, cyclists, smokers and donkey-riders, it is a place of abstractions and illusions, the everyday and the impossible.

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