Join us for Pérez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) Live Studio Visits, a series that highlights local artists through virtual visits with PAMM curators. Get a first-hand look at the artists' work and practice through this intimate lens.
This month, multidisciplinary artist Edison Peñafiel will join in conversation with PAMM Chief Curator René Morales to discuss how his work examines the lives of archetypal individuals ensnared in major conflicts, including the migrant, the laborer, and the surveilled. Working with photography, video, installation, collage, and painting, Peñafiel's practice channels migrant narratives in order to transmit to the viewer the reality behind the experience of marginalization.
About Edison Peñafiel
Born in Ecuador, Edison Peñafiel migrated to the United States to leave the political and economic instability of his native country. His work focuses on video and immersive, site-specific, multimedia installations that create surreal echoes of our world. Informed by his own life, Peñafiel centers the migrant as a subject. While his early photography focuses on deconstruction and perception, absurdity, and politics, his shift towards multi-media installations has deepened his engagement with socio-economic and political themes. Peñafiel has presented his work at numerous prestigious venues including Atchugarry Art Center, the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, the Bass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Elsewhere Museum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Notable awards include a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. He lives and works in South Florida.