Nástio Mosquito opens art program at the Venice Biennale

The Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito will open with a performance the program “Encounters on Art” of the 58th Venice International Art Biennial in Italy, starting on May 11, the organization announced today.

According to the organization of the exhibition dedicated to contemporary art, the ‘Meetings on Art’ will present a program of talks, performances and conferences, throughout the Biennial, which runs until November 24.

Boychild, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Vivian Caccuri, Cooking Sections, Invernomuto, Paul Maheke, Nkisi, Victoria Sin. Nástio Mosquito, an artist whose work has gone through music, art and performance, is one of the guests to participate in the program. , Florence Peake and Eve Stainton, Vivien Sansour, Zadie Xa, and Bo Zheng, among others.

Through their curiosity and transnational approaches, they propose more complex forms that challenge the perception of the times we live in today,” he emphasizes. “In their diverse practices – dance, music and visual arts – these artists open new possibilities for reading wider territories. organization of the Venice Biennale, in a statement released today.

The Angolan artist will open the program on May 11 in the Giardini district of Venice with a two-hour creation titled “No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Our.Performance “.

Born in 1981 in Huambo, he left Angola as a young man to study in Coimbra, and then went to Lisbon, where he developed his musical work for two years in the Hot Club, and later moved to London where he studied media production. then returned to their country of origin.

His work has gone through video, photography, installations, word, performance and music, with albums edited as “Why Do You Care” (2012) and “If I Were Angolan” (2013).

The 2019 Venice Biennale of Art, curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, has this year’s theme “Interesting Times” and will feature 91 national performances this year including Portugal.

The official Portuguese presence at the 58th Venice Art Biennial will be curated by João Ribas and the project of the artist Leonor Antunes, entitled “seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot” a hinge or a knot “, in free translation).

Leonor Antunes’ research reflects the work of important figures in the context of Venice architecture, such as Carlo Scarpa, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, and more recently Savina Masieri and Egle Trincanato.

The Leonor Antunes project will be presented on the grandstand at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, where the Pavilion of Portugal will be installed, which has a pre-opening scheduled for May 08.

Brazil and Mozambique will participate in the 58th Venice International Art Biennial, respectively, with the projects “Swinguerra” and “The Past, the Present and All in Between“.

Angola, which has been participating in the biennial editions since 2013, having won the Golden Lion this year, the biggest prize awarded to a country’s pavilion, this year will be absent, “due to the lack of conditions, “as the Angolan government announced in January this year.

In 2017, Portugal was represented at the Bienal by the sculptor José Pedro Croft, on the proposal of the curator and commissioner João Pinharanda.

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