Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, 2019-2020
Joana Pimenta is a filmmaker and writer from Portugal who lives and works in Lisbon, the U.S. and Brazil. Her latest film, AN AVIATION FIELD, premiered in the International Competiton at the 69th Locarno Film Festival, was screened in the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Rotterdam, CPH:Dox, Rencontres Internationales Paris – Berlin, Valdivia, Lima, Mar del Plata, Edinburgh, among others, and received the Jury Award for Best Film in Competition at Zinebi ’58. Her first work, THE FIGURES CARVED INTO THE KNIFE BY THE SAP OF THE BANANA TREES, received the Jury Award for Best Film in Competition at Indielisboa and the Tom Berman Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was screened at the Toronto, New York, Mar del Plata, Jihlava, Taipei, VideoEx, and Syros film festivals, among other venues. Her work in video installation, film and photography was exhibited at the Festival Temps d'Images, National Art Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, The Pipe Factory, Casa Niemeyer, among others. She is currently co-directing two fiction films with the Brazilian filmmaker Adirley Queirós, the short RÁDIO CORAÇÃO and the feature DRY GROUND BURNING (2020). She was the cinematographer for the feature ERA UMA VEZ BRASÍLIA, directed by Adirley Queirós, which premiered in the 70th Locarno International Film Festival in 2017, where it received a Special Mention, and for which she received the Best Cinematography Award at the 50th Festival de Brasilia. Joana has a PhD in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice from the department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, where she was affiliated with the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab. She has previously taught at Harvard and Rutgers, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Art, Film, and Visual Studies (AFVS) Department at Harvard, where she teaches two film/video studio courses, DOCUMENTARY FICTIONS and FOREIGN BODIES, DIRECTING IMAGES: non-fiction filmmaker-cinematographers. She is also a fellow at the Film Study Center where she is developing her next project, BANDEIRANTES.