João Vasco Paiva

  • João Vasco Paiva

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    Taman Creatures, 2017

    Lava rock
    180 x 75 x 75 cm
    Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong, Shanghai

    Joao Vasco Paiva was born in 1979 in Portugal. He lives and works between Hong Kong and Lisbon.

    Tackling both the differences and the common ground between sacred art and entertainment, Taman Creatures consists of replicas of two sculptures found in the abandoned Taman Festival Park in East Bali, which closed its doors in 2000. Originally representing frogs carved out of poor materials, the statues rapidly disintegrated into a state of semi-destruction. Replicated using Batu Chandi stones, which in Bawasa means “temple stone” - a dark coloured lava rock that was initially used to build Hindu temples and shrines in the Indonesian archipelago - Paiva explores and reveals the aesthetic qualities of the modern ruin whilst building a dialogue on what remains for posterity in current society.

    Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist.
    Photo : Marc Domage


  • Standard Kitchen, 2017

    Lava rock
    180 x 75 x 75 cm
    Edouard Malingue, Hong Kong, Shanghai

    Addressing the notion of an archeology of the present, João Vasco Paiva presents an enigmatic life-size replica of a modular kitchen that encourages interaction. In removing the structure from its domestic context and placing it in the public realm, he addresses our existent relationship with ordinary spaces, especially those that are generally associated with bringing people together. João Vasco Paiva collaborated with artisans in east Bali who still use the traditional method of carving large Batu Chandi stones. The installation is an expression of the artist’s interest in analysing the structures of contemporary life, whilst placing particular emphasis on the sum of human activities, from the ordained to the ordinary.

    Courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery and the artist
  • OUTDOOR PROJECTS 2017

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