Nástio Mosquito

“Respectable Thief”
World premiere

S.E.F.A. live performance of Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, 2015

S.E.F.A. live performance of Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, 2015

© Lara Buchmann

  • Duration 45 min
  • In English and Portuguese

Past Dates

“I am not interdisciplinary. I am a hustler … a good one.”
With his charismatic and at the same time provocative performances, videos, music and poetry, multimedia artist Nástio Mosquito brings a raw new voice into contemporary art. His work shows 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. In 2015, Birmingham’s IKON Gallery presented his first solo exhibition “Daily Lovemaking”, followed by a powerful show at the 56th Venice Biennale. With his new, immersive and visually powerful piece “Respectable Thief”, Mosquito combines video, music and live-performance to celebrate a productive, consequent, articulate and eloquent anger, and the power it has to instigate motion in communal social environments.

A Nástio Mosquito recipe
Written by Nástio Mosquito
Developed by Nástio Mosquito & Vic Pereiró
Project coordination for ZZZZZ Creative Projects Godelieve Mosquito
Music Nástio Mosquito & DZZZZ Band remixed by Seiji
Video Vic Pereiró

Respectable Thief. [Video trailer]

© Nástio Mosquito

Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Projects 104: Nástio Mosquito, Respectable Thief, organized by Cara Manes, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA

Co-production: KW Institute for Contemporary Art with Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union., Vooruit Art Centre

Supported by Pinchuk Art Centre and Espaço Espelho d’Água
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union