Pedro Neves Marques
Sex as Care, 2019
Silkscreen on Somerset Satin White 115gsm
Edition of 30
42 x 59.4cm, unframed
Launch price: £150 incl VAT (+shipping)
On the occasion of his first UK solo exhibition It Bites Back (2019), visual artist and writer Pedro Neves Marques has produced an exclusive limited edition silk screen print.
It Bites Back brings together Pedro Neves Marques’ research into a laboratory in São Paulo, which breeds genetically-engineered mosquitoes. To combat mosquito-borne diseases, transgenic male mosquitoes are designed to reduce the insect’s population by passing a lethal gene on to their offspring when released into the wild. Neves Marques examines the current trauma of biological warfare against the backdrop of the Zika virus epidemic and the increasingly palpable threat against non-normative bodies in Brazil and elsewhere.
His new limited edition, Sex as Care, comprises a ‘viral poem’ written by the artist in response to a need for intimacy in the midst of the current rise of authoritarian politics.
Working across theory and fiction, Neves Marques’ films and writings trace the histories of colonialism past and present, weaving a constant dialogue with contemporary issues of political ecology, science and technology. His work engages with feminist histories of science as well as indigenous cosmologies in Brazil.
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.