João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva and Alexandre Estrela: Lua Cão



• English, Hardcover
 200 pages
• 28.5 x 21 cm
• Published by Mousse Publishing, 2018


Alexandre Estrela, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Lua Cão was published on the occasion of the exhibition of same title at La Casa Encendida in Madrid. An immersive show curated by Natxo Checa which bonds the works of the three Portuguese artists through “constellations” of 16 mm films and digital videos, inviting viewers to reflect on perception, the elasticity of time, and the materiality of images.

Lua Cão is a journey that experiences an interplay of dialogues and tensions that tests synergies and coincidences, juxtaposing two media, two technologies, and two artistic universes. The shared projection surfaces, placed back to back, define the space and provide a backdrop to the works, which paradoxically offer different meanings while occupying the same space. The works of Estrela and Gusmão + Paiva have never been so close and yet maintain their own profound singularity.

The publication features essays by Marco Bene, Natxo Checa, Alexandre Estrela, Chris Fitzpatrick, José Freixo, João Maria Gusmão, Andrea Lissoni, Bruno Marchand, Pedro Paiva, Post Brothers and Filipa Ramos.

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João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão (b. 1979 in Lisbon) and Pedro Paiva (b. 177 in Lisbon) have collaborated from 2001 till 2018 to produce films, objects, photographs, installations, and publications that question the boundaries of perception and address paradoxical situations within existential metaphysics. Subsequently, João Maria Gusmão has continued on his own to create a multidisciplinary body of work that is at once humorous, enigmatic, and absurd, containing references to literature and philosophy, yet primarily drawing attention to questions of reality and its representation. The artist lives in Lisbon.