Curated by Faena Festival
Semente Exterminadora (Exterminator Seed), 2017.
Short-fiction film. 28 min, 2K video, color, sound. Portuguese with subtitles.
Open Air Cinema on FAENA BEACH
Screening time: Tuesday 3rd, 6:00 PM; Sunday 8th, 6:00 PM
In his work Exterminator Seed (2017), oil spill contaminates the Brazilian coast. Capivara, an oil rig worker is evacuated back to Rio de Janeiro, where the locals remain ignorant of the incoming disaster. Despite de danger, Capivara wishes only to return to the offshore oil rigs. In the city he is aided by Ywy, a woman who convinces him to travel to her homeland in Mato Grosso do Sul in search of work in the soya and corn monocultural plantations. There, Ywy tells him about the infertility of such transgenics plants and of an android like her. But Capivara, a human, is incapable of understanding her.
Pedro Neves Marques examines clashes among competing anthropologies, politics of nature, technology, and gender. He employs science fiction and speculative storytelling as key tools to produce works that range from fictional dramas to theoretical films and writings. He has had solo presentations of his work at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; e-flux, New York (with Mariana Silva); and EDP Foundation, Lisbon (with André Romão). His work has been included in group presentations including the 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York, and at SculptureCenter, New York; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Tate Modern, London; V-A-C Foundation, Venice; and more.
Pedro Neves Marques was born in 1984 in Lisbon. He lives and works in New York