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Pedro Neves Marques, Viral Poems (detail), 2019

A public reading to mark the closing of Pedro Neves Marques’ first UK solo exhibition It Bites Back, which explores the trauma of biological warfare against the backdrop of the Zika virus epidemic and the increasingly palpable threat against queer lives in Brazil and elsewhere. The artist will be reading a selection of poems from his upcoming book Sex as Care and Other Viral Poems.

In Neves Marques’ book, polyamorous encounters and the intimacy of queer lives run parallel to the history of modern science. In his words, 'these viral poems were my own, personal way of projecting politics onto nature and culture. I felt the need for intimacy. The reasons were multiple. I could easily answer it with my own emotional exhaustion—and, much more importantly, of those around me when in Brazil - as well as with my own feelings towards gender, fluidity and feminism.'

Additional participants to be announced.

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Artist Biographies

Pedro Neves Marques is a New York-based artist born in Lisbon. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Pérez Art Museum of Miami; Anthology Film Archives, Sculpture Center and e-flux in New York; Jeu de Paume and Kadist Art Foundation in Paris; Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries at Peckhamplex Cinema in London; V-A-C Foundation and PAV in Italy; Sursock Art Museum in Beirut; the Times Museum in Guangzhou; Fundación Botín in Santander; Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon.

In 2017, he published his second short-fiction book, Morrer na América (Dying in America). He is also the editor of The Forest and the School: Where to Sit at the Dinner Table? (2015), the first anthology in English that explores the Brazilian tradition of antropofagia (cannibalism), understood not just as an aesthetic movement but a South American cosmopolitical philosophy. Together with fellow artist Mariana Silva, he is the founder of inhabitants, an online video channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting.