September 15, 2018
Nástio Mosquito "Respectable Thief" at ICA Live Art Festival 2018
From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
V&A Waterfront, Silo District
S Arm Rd, Waterfront
Cape Town, 8001
We are remixers.
We are thieves.
And then there’s natural selection.
We pick up where the last human has left it.
We are in the business of making it our own.
We are respectable thieves.
There’s piracy… downloading songs, films without paying artists and corporations
for it; feel no guilt… There’s Wall Street…
Pirates are on international waters kidnapping and killing… We just dislike paying taxes.
This ambiguous approach to both the good and the bad of our entitlement, appropriation, and the evolution of our collective Robin Hood syndrome is the foundation of Angolan multimedia artist Nástio Mosquito’s Respectable Thief – a celebration of a productive, articulate anger. With immersive and visually eloquent moments, including music, poetry, video and text, the performance demands that the audience decide what is important to follow, focus on and complete. Wanting to inhabit inner motivation more than a particular concept of identity, this journey is a dish designed to be served intensely, intimately, and full of the desire to have fun. It is a celebration of our individual limitations…
Originally commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Projects 104, Nástio Mosquito, Respectable Thief will be featured at the fourth installment of the ICA Live Art Festival 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia Ant Mobility Funding, Respectable Thief is scheduled for 8pm, 15 September 2018 at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Image courtesy of the artist