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Performance: Nástio Mosquito

Part of 9 Artists

Known for performances, videos, music, and singing that show an intense commitment to the open-ended potential of language, Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito presents the final event of the opening weekend of the Walker’s 9 Artists exhibition.

Mosquito’s work mines various pop culture clichés such as self-help life advice, motivational speaking, and music videos. Working under a range of names—Saco, Nasty-O, Cucumber Slice, and Zura Zuara—the artist often adopts the role of postcolonial respondent, while mocking the idea of any such imposed position. Rather, he finds ways to open up language, and therefore understanding, through a sometimes aggressive, sometimes nuanced collage of perspectives.

Combining spoken word and video, Mosquito’s energized and provocative performance will respond to, among other things, a series of questions posed by exhibition curator Bartholomew Ryan.

Produced in partnership with Obsidian Arts, this is the second in its annual Durades Dialogues series. A Q&A session follows. Cash bar opens at 7 pm. This performance is made in collaboration with designer Vic Pereiró.


Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.