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b. 1979, Brazil

Luiz Roque Biography

Attracted by the power of image and, in particular, by sensations that stem from the sense of vision, Luiz Roque’s work crosses different territories, such as the genre of science fiction, the legacy of Modernism, pop-culture and queer bio-politics, in order to understand the propose ingenious and visually sensual narratives. The plasticity of the allegories he uses in his films takes us through the current conflict between technological advancement and contemporary micro and macro power relations.

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Roque’s works inhabit a space between cinema, art and critical theory; all within the scope of political dispute that is both real and imaginary. Furthermore, his works comment on the dissociative conditions of being: between the latency of life and respective bureaucratic definitions. In this sense, his works combine the splendour of science fiction–as a device for the dissemination of hypotheses–with resources from the language of cinema in order to present us with scenarios of social tension and complex public debates.

(Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil, 1979). Lives and works in São Paulo.

Recent solo exhibitions: Televisão (MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, 2018), HEAVEN (Tramway, Glasgow, 2017), The Modern Years (Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, 2017) and Ancestral (CCSP, São Paulo (2016). His works were included in several institutional shows such as: 1st Riga Biennial (2018), Avenida Paulista (MASP, São Paulo, 2017), 32th São Paulo Biennial (2016), Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers (MoMA PS1, New York, 2016), The Violet Crab (DRAF, London, 2015), The Brancusi Effect, (Kunsthalle, Vienna, 2014), 9th Bienal Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2013) and Love and Hate to Lygia Clark (Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsow, 2013).

Text courtesy Mendes Wood DM.

Luiz Roque Featured Artworks

Cabeça com brinco by Luiz Roque contemporary artwork sculpture
Luiz RoqueCabeça com brinco, 2015Resin, brass plated silver and glass
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Escultura Negra I by Luiz Roque contemporary artwork photography, print
Luiz RoqueEscultura Negra I, 2012Photographic print and wooden support
180 x 80 x 100 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery

Luiz Roque Recent Exhibitions

Luiz Roque Represented By

Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Mendes Wood DM Brussels, New York, São Paulo
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