HANGAR – Artistic Research Center presents No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Trabalho.De.Preto, a new project by the multidisciplinary artist, performer and musician, Nástio Mosquito.
No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Trabalho.De.Preto is an expanded exhibition featuring an audio-visual installation with nine soundscapes, a weekly program of audio sessions entitled No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Visions, distribution of stickers and leaflets, performances and collaborations that can occur more or less spontaneously.
Multimedia artist Nástio Mosquito is known for performances, videos, music and poetry that show an intense commitment to the open-ended potential of language. Easily misread as a kind of world weariness, it is the extraordinary expression of an urgent desire to engage with reality at all levels.
At HANGAR in Lisbon, but it could be also in Luanda or Brasilia, the project’s title comes as a provocation and confronts the negative connotations of the Portuguese expression “trabalho de preto” (“black labor”) – racist, enslaver, derogatory ethnic stereotype, among others -, and, at the same time, it acts as a unifying factor.
Because, as Nástio Mosquito puts it, the challenge is to “talk to all the blond blacks, dark blacks, achromatic blacks, blacks from social networks, blacks with supposed representativeness, blacks that wake up every day with the inner will to be problem solving… ”
No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Us, a universe of work that the artist debuted in May 2019, with a series of live performances presented during the official opening of the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, then and there with the derivation No.One.Gives.A.Mosquito’s.Ass.About.Our.Performance.
After Venice, Mosquito created performances and sound pieces for festivals and artistic events in the cities of Gent in Belgium, Poznań in Poland and more recently in Munich and Frankfurt in Germany.
From the word “mosquito” the artist embarked on autobiographical research that explores common perceptions about the insect with which he shares the surname, identifying its most harmful assessments and impacts as: “they are not a European concern“.
Mosquito’s universe takes the form of performances, installations, podcasts, exhibitions or any other multisensory experience that supports the “political exploration of our dreams” and his research on what people really care about.
Promote opportunities “to come together” and the “understanding of our interdependent capacities”, define Mosquito’s priorities in what he describes as the “need for care”, also expressed in the manifesto that he now expands to Lisbon: “There’s no way for you to commit to what you care about, and not impact the world. Let’s impact the world by caring”.