Gasworks presents the first UK solo exhibition by New York-based artist Pedro Neves Marques.
Pedro Neves Marques is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer crossing the fields of critical theory and speculative fiction. His films and writings are informed by radical anthropology and trace the histories of colonialism past and present, while constantly weaving a dialogue with contemporary issues of political ecology, science and technology. In particular, his work has consistently engaged with indigenous struggles and Amerindian cosmologies in Brazil, where most of his films are produced.
For Neves Marques' first solo exhibition in the UK, the artist will present a body of works based on research that he undertook at a genetically-modified mosquito factory in São Paulo. The exhibition features existing and newly commissioned artworks ranging from 16mm film to digital animation and poetry. These works interrogate the laboratory as a place where life is produced, controlled and defined - in other words, a crucial site in understanding the biopolitics of the 21st Century.
Against the backdrop of the Zika virus epidemic, the artist interweaves a series of stories exploring the future of love, care, and intimacy in the midst of Brazil’s rise of authoritarian politics. Blood and sex hormones are revealed as agents of power that operate with extraordinary force in our daily lives at the molecular level. Drawing on the literary traditions of horror and feminist science fiction, Pedro Neves Marques examines the psychological and bodily trauma of biological warfare in times of unprecedented political and ecological crisis.
Pedro Neves Marques (b. 1984, Lisbon) is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer based in New York since 2012. He has exhibited or screened his films at e-flux, New Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and Sculpture Center in New York; Jeu de Paume and Kadist Art Foundation in Paris; Tate Modern in London; V-A-C Foundation and PAV in Italy; Sursock Art Museum in Beirut; the Times Museum in Guangzhou; Fundación Botín in Spain; Museu Coleção Berardo in Portugal. 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 tradition of Brazilian anthropophagy as an aesthetic movement as well as a cosmopolitical philosophy.