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Luís Lázaro Matos

Notes On Cosmic Pluralism

Artist Talk



For his Background evening Luís Lázaro Matos gave an artist talk about his current exhibition at 1646 ‘Notes on Cosmic Pluralism’, and elaborated on his ideas, sources of inspiration and work in general.

Through an exploration of the many possible and previous ways of imagining the idea of the alien, in this exhibition the work of Luís Lázaro Matos subtly raises questions that touch upon contemporary politically sensitive issues: How can foreign life be imagined? How to relate to what is strange and foreign? What role does visualisation play in this relation and how do our imaginings reflect certain power relations?

In a series of descriptions of the alien, Luís Lázaro Matos uses subjects like class and identity in order to satirise certain aspects of identity politics and the current neoliberal economic wave that is present in many western countries, as well as the rise of protofascist political regimes.


About Luís Lázaro Matos: Luís Lázaro Matos graduated with a BA Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, London. Luís Lázaro Matos has exhibited internationally a.o. at the Kunsthalle Lisbon, Lisbon, PT, Goldsmiths College, London, UK; Hinterconti, Hamburg, DE; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, DE; Fundación Santander, Madrid, SP; Quetzal Art Centre, PT; Galeria Madroga, Lisbon, PT. He has been nominated for the EDP Foundation New Artists Prize in 2013, and enjoyed the residency of AIR Antwerp and received the Fullbright scholarship a.o.


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