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Joao Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva (João Maria Gusmão, b. 1979 and Pedro Paiva, b. 1977), a Portuguese artist duo, have collaborated since 2001 on creating objects, installations, photographs and 16mm short films. They describe their work as a poetic-philosophical fiction. A central source of inspiration is the writer René Daumal, who lamented the loss of myths in modern society and devoted himself to the limits of the usual perception and the magic of things. Gusmão and Paiva have participated in numerous biennials, including the 53rd and 55th Venice Biennale.

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