How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

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Mosquito, Nástio

Nástio Mosquito, started out in musical training, and moved from this to film production. He has worked in various capacities for television in his native Angola for some time, but his deviations from entertainment formats formed the basis for what was to become his future life. Mosquito is first of all a performer, translating this into audio-visual representations and installations. 

Nástio Mosquito offered Moscow biennial a day with his most important video’s till today. Each of the videos are an attempt to address a limit in perspective. Mosquito often makes unexpected moves in the proposal itself, such as in ‘Three continents’ in which he addresses the populations that he bought their state; ‘the Europeans’ is for him a notion fundamentally different from ‘Europe’. He also formalizes his appearances into characters, such as Nástia - not Nástio - who deals with grieves that need to be dealt with, as in ‘Nástia answers Gabi’. In order to reach his audience, Mosquito makes reference to a wide array of speech traditions, from stand up to political discourse. ‘Nástia's Manifesto’ is a clear example of this, as is ‘Frozen War’, a declaration from behind a lectern and a microphone.  


Credits ©image: Vic Pereiro