Joana Escoval at Kunsthalle Lissabon | Kunsthalle Tropical / Iceland

Joana Escoval / I forgot to go to school yesterday 

04.07.2016 – 31.07.2016

Kunsthalle Lissabon | Kunsthalle Tropical  

Joana Escoval /I forgot to go to school yesterday (2016)

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Kunsthalle Lissabon | Kunsthalle Tropical

I forgot to go to school yesterday is a collaboration between Kunsthalle Lissabon and
Kunsthalle Tropical, an institution created in Iceland in 2012, consisting of the
production and presentation of a solo show by Portuguese artist Joana Escoval.
Taking into account Kunsthalle Tropical’s nature, an institution that exists without
any physical structure with just a set of geographical coordinates, this project will be
developed as a site-specific and ephemeral project.

The Icelandic landscape, such as the work of Escoval, is constantly changing: geology
is submitted to the overwhelming force of the tectonic plates, producing and bringing
a new rock surface, expanding the land mass of the island’s extreme weather events,
the seasonal dance between day and night, light and darkness, the interior heat of the
earth and the cold surface shape the land, shape the relationship of people with the
land, and perhaps above all, shape the same relationship with the island’s own
inhabitants. It is in this context that Escoval will develop her show, inscribing her
work at the site where the Kunsthalle Tropical is. The visit to the institution, the trip
from Reykjavik to the Icelandic wilderness final destination, is where her work will 
be materialized as an integral part of the project and what makes it possible: crossing 
the island till the final destination. The project’s title, I forgot to go to school
yesterday, alludes to the breaking of a predefined idea that sets up a disruption in a
normative system.

Joana Escoval (Lisbon, 1982) Lives and works in Lisbon. A selection of her recent
solo exhibitions include Lichens Never Lie, La Criée center of contemporary art
(Rennes, 2016), Whirlpools, Vera Cortês Art Agency (Lisbon, 2014), Outlaws in
Language and Destiny, Parkour (Lisbon, 2013) and Mother Wild , Halfhouse
(Barcelona, 2011). Recent group shows include MATTER FICTIONS in the Berardo
Collection Museum (Lisbon, 2016), Rhino-Pineapple, Murias Centeno (Porto, 2016),
Elapse / End, Maisterravalbuena (Madrid, 2015), The lynx knows no boundaries,
Fondation d'enterprise Ricard (Paris, 2015) and Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley
Museet (Oslo, 2014). 

This project is supported by Direção Geral das Artes do Governo de Portugal. 
Kunsthalle Lissabon is generously supported by Foundation for Art Initiatives and by
Teixeira de Freitas, Rodrigues e Associados.