Embracing performance, video, music, poetry, installation, philosophy and digital art, Mosquito’s work bursts forth with fervent energy. Originally rooted in the broadcast industry as a director and cameraman, his practice is both confrontational and deeply witty, expressing an urgent desire to engage with reality at all levels.
Nástio Mosquito’s exhibition for Artes Mundi 7 will include a new audiovisual installation entitled Transitory Suppository: Act#I Another Leader (2016). The installation revolves around a unique and absurd solution for a fictional country attempting to overcome its economic problems and transform itself into a world power. The artist takes centre stage, embodying the character of a despotic leader in a darkly humorous and pertinent exhibition.
Lamia Joreige uses archival documents and fictional elements to reflect on the relationship between individual stories and collective history. Her practice is rooted in the possibilities of representation of the Lebanese wars and their aftermath, specifically Beirut, a city at the centre of her imagery.
For Artes Mundi 7 the artist will exhibit work at Chapter and National Museum Cardiff. Chapter will host the premiere of the latest work within the ongoing project Under-Writing Beirut — Nahr (The River), 2013-2016, entitled After the River. In this work Joreige investigates the urban areas in and around the river which defines the eastern border of Beirut, inviting a reflection on migration, the process of gentrification, and the notions of borders and landscape in our imaginary.
Other elements of Under-Writing Beirut — Nahr will be shown at National Museum Cardiff.