The artistic practice of Joana Escoval has established an extremely idiosyncratic relationship with nature. In her works, everything is about to disappear or transform into something different—a cosmos where energy is in constant flux and natural elements are interconnected in its overwhelming incommensurability. Questions associated with the relationships between substances, the body, and the world are explored through metaphors, dissipating any divisive line between the human and the non-human and charging the relationships of matter with an effective poetic work.
Joana Escoval (born 1982, Lisbon, Portugal) lives and works in Lisbon. A selection of group exhibitions and solo projects include Mutações. The Last Poet, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal , Dust in the Shadows, Vistamarestudio, Milano, Italy (2019), In a Waiting Room, curated by Milovan Farronato, Fiorucci Art Trust, London (2019), The Sun Lovers, Tenderpixel, London (2019); We do not work alone, Fiorucci Art Trust HQ, London (2018); The word for world, Grey Noise, Dubai AI (2018); Nearly Inaudible Breathing, The Breeder, Athens, GR (2017); I’m the son of that drum, Acappella, Naples, IT (2017); Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, SP (2017); Fiducia Incorreggibile, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon PT (2017); Growing Gills, Mimosa House, London, UK (2017); Si sedes non is, The Breeder, Athens, GR (2017); Canibalia (redux), Hangar, Lisbon, PT (2017); I will go where I don’t belong – Volcano Extravaganza, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, IT (2016); I forgot to go to school yesterday, Kunsthalle Lissabon and Kunsthalle Tropical, Iceland (2016); Lichens Never Lie, La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, FR (2016); Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, PT (2016); The lynx knows no boundaries, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, FR (2015); Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, NO (2014). She won the Novo Banco Revelação Prize in 2012 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 for a residency in RU, New York (2013-2014). She has recently published two flexi-discs with Atlas Projectos and Palmário Recordings and is currently working in a new vinyl release.