a film and sound installation comprising the films:
The Gender of the Lab
If the mosquito can kill, it cannot be born
Sex as Care
With a sound piece by Fraencis, titled A Mordida [The Bite]
2018. Double channel film installation, 20 min., super 16mm transferred to video, color, sound, 6 channel surround sound piece. Portuguese and English spoken.
Presented as an audio-visual installation, A Mordida, or “The Bite,” features three interconnected films and an ambient sound piece by London-based musician Fraencis. The installation brings together two apparently distinct images of epidemics, addressing clashes among politics of nature, technology, and gender.
The films are based on a research completed at a genetically modified mosquito factory in São Paulo, Brazil, and include both fictional and documentary elements, veering between the present and an imagined future. The biological epidemic of the Zika virus, being combated partly through the use of the mutated mosquitoes, becomes an analogue to the rise of reactionary conservatism in Brazilian politics, which reached a new zenith with the election of Jair Bolsonaro.
The films follow the protagonists (a man, a woman, and a transgender woman) through these two crises, drawing lines between psychological and bodily horrors, political and medical crises, the sterile heteronormativity of the laboratory and assaults on reproductive autonomy. While all these biopolitical tensions express themselves in personal relations, as a retreat or a refuge from the crisis, the films point to intimacy and care as possible futures beyond the constraints of a binary mentality.
- from "A Mordida" exhibition text by curator Jennifer Inácio, Pérez Art Museum of Miami, 2018. You can read the full text here. You can read an exhibition review here.
A Mordida was commissioned by the Pérez Art Museum of Miami.
Written and directed by Pedro Neves Marques
With Ana Flávia Cavalcanti, Alina Dorzbacher, Kelner Macedo, Luiz Felipe Lucas, Diogo Hayashi, and Pamela Escolástico
Produced by Pedro Neves Marques and Catarina de Sousa
Director of Photography Marta Simões
Sound Recordings by Tales Manfrinato
Art Direction by Diogo Hayashi
Edited by Pedro Neves Marques
With poems by Pedro Neves Marques
Musical composition, "A Mordida," by Fraencis, 2018