I’ve been living in Venice since 2018, when I attended the Master studies in Business for the Arts and Culture, at the Istituto Europeo di Design, IED Venezia. It was a big immersion in the art’s field specially for studies regarding the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
I have different working experiences in the Biennale. In 2019, I followed a student group from Brasil in the 57th edition and in 2022 I was part of the artistic mediator for the Portuguese pavilion.
Part of the team of Artistic Mediator for the Official Portuguese Representation at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2022. Temporary contract from April to November 2022. Vampires in Space, by Pedro Neves Marques and curated by João Mourão and Luís Silva.
The Official Portuguese Representation at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia presents a solo project by Pedro Neves Marques, one of the most relevant and celebrated artists of their generation. The project is a narrative installation that transforms, in part, the Gothic architecture of Palazzo Franchetti into an unexpected spaceship, within which the wistful existence, dramas and routines of five passengers unfold during a long, centuries-long journey to a faraway planet.
Through a new film, unpublished poetry and an immersive exhibition design, Pedro Neves Marques resorts to the figure and expectations of what we consider to be a “vampire” to address issues of gender identity, non-nuclear families, queer reproduction, and also the role of intimacy and mental health today. The vampire’s imagined longevity, reinforced here by the physical distance from planet Earth and the notion of humanity, allows for a retrospective exercise that could be called “scientific autofiction”, anchored in Neves Marques’s own non-binary trans experience, as well as a political review of an extensive history of control over bodies and desire.
San Marco 2842 – 30124 Venice