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Edison Peñafiel

About Edison Peñafiel

South Florida artist Edison Peñafiel addresses the migrant experience with a large-scale immersive installation containing a vast and undulating seascape that surrounds viewers on all sides. It is populated by 14 boats and 81 larger-than-life characters who are navigate a never-ending journey in which they are caught in a perpetual loop of their video universe, arriving back where they began, continually heading against the waves.

Peñafiel’s work focuses on video and immersive, site-specific, multimedia installations that create surreal echoes of our world. Informed by his own life, he centers the migrant as a subject. His practice channels migrant narratives in order to transmit to the viewer the reality behind the experience of marginalization. Peñafiel is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and his work has been presented at museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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