CHRISTIE'S POP UP EXHIBITION | LONDON
GROUP SHOW | 6-12 OCT 2020
A curated pop-up exhibition including one seminal work from each exhibitor will take place in the Duke Street Gallery within the company’s Headquarters at King Street, on view to the public from 6-12 October 2020.
Christie’s has partnered with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and will be creating and hosting an innovative platform that will power the fair’s online presence, extending the fair’s capabilities for showcasing an extensive range of artworks by participating galleries. Running from 5-12 October 2020 (5 and 6 October are VIP Days), 1-54 Online Powered by Christie’s will offer virtual booths that feature up to 30 works from each gallery, as well as providing a spotlight series on individual artists, all of which will be globally accessible.
1:54 ART FAIR | LONDON
SOMERSET HOUSE | 8-10 OCT 2020
Exhibiting with Gallery This Is Not A White Cube.
Over the past seven years 1-54 has established itself as a leading voice in the global discussion on contemporary African art. The scaled down fair will see around 20 international galleries representing a selection of the best contemporary African artists on show at Somerset House as well as online in partnership with Christie’s.
ART: AN ESSENTIAL NEED | COLLABORATION
BOOK | MAY 2020
Pedro Pires was a guest artist of this book edition called "Art: an Essential Need".
A crowdfunded art initiative by the platform Art And About Africa, that aims to rapidly provide emergency grants to artists living in Africa.
100% of the net amount collected from this project will be distributed in equal shares to all the artists who contributed to the eBook, Art: An Essential Need.
SIM | LUANDA
Film | SEP 2020
The angolan curator Tila Likunzi, presents a film documenting the installation "SIM" travelling on the streets of Luanda during one day. "SIM" was presented at the 2020 "Fuckin'Globo" edition at Hotel Globo in Luanda, March 2020.
The film, entitled SIM, shows the installation being transported onto a van and then travelling to different sites of the city of Luanda.
Photo @ Tila Likunzi
INTERVIEW | RTP AFRICA
RUMOS PROGRAM | 1 JUL 2020
Within the context of the exhibition "Discursos de Decolonialidade" by Gallery This Is Not A White Cube, the TV program "Rumos" of RTP AFRICA visited Pedro Pires's studio for an interview.
DISCURSOS DE DECOLONIALIDADE
GROUP SHOW | JUN / JUL 2020
THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE art gallery presents the group show Discourses of Decoloniality, with works by Alice Marcelino, Alida Rodrigues, Amilton Neves, Barbara Wildenboer, Bete Marques, Filipe Branquinho, Gonçalo Mabunda, Hako Hankson, Januário Jano, Luis Damião, Nelo Teixeira, Patrick Bongoy, Pedro Pires, René Tavares and Rómulo Santa Rita.
Curated by Graça Rodrigues & Sónia Ribeiro
This is Not a White Cube e Mexto
VIRUS LETTERS | PROJECT
COVID19 RESPONSE | ONGOING
"Virus letters" is a series of statements signed by the Covid19. It imagines the virus speaking to us, comparing, defending and questioning himself before our world. This project aims to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic response in over 70 countries, including opening projects in new countries as they become pandemic hotspots.
FUCKING GLOBO | LUANDA
HOTEL GLOBO | MAR 2020
"From the people to the people...Fuck intitutions".
Group show at Hotel Globo, Luanda, Angola.
Exhibiting artists: Toy Boy, Yola Balanga, Irish Buchholz Chocolate, Ery Claver & Evan Claver, Flávio Cardoso, Indira Grande, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Kapela, Keyezua, Rui Magalhães, Mussunda N'Zombo, Pedro Pires, Thó Simões, Verkron, Daniela Vieitas, Mwamby Wassaky.
Exhibiting the installation "SIM".
Corrugated steel is an iconic material part of the aesthetics of Angolan society. It covers or walls most of the musseques (shanty towns). By using this cheap industrial material, which is very resistant, the artist enhances its simplicity in relation to the people, making connections between the symbolism of the corrugated steel and the word Não (No), a word that limits the space between the I and the Other. A word with unique power and value in the social and political sphere, used to build and shape society.
HABITAT | JOHANNESBURG
GALLERY MOMO | JAN - MAR 2020
"Habitat" is a selection of works by Angolan born Portuguese artist Pedro Pires. Using mediums such as paper, fire and sculpture, this show is a continuation of Pires’ ongoing research into migration, nationality, and identity construction. The works in this exhibition interrogate the human form, mostly his own, to address issues of displacement, hyphenated identity, and the concept of home and belonging. Habitat sees works that come from different bodies of work, Doppelganger (2018) and Six of one and half a dozen of the other (2019), shown together for the first time. Together, there is a close relationship between the scale of the sculptures and drawings that didn’t exist up until now. Shown together, the works from these different bodies are new and dynamic creating space for new relations, meanings and paths of interpretation.
14000 NEWTONS EDITION
Editon of 10 photographs, signed
Edition of 10, signed. Every print is different, each including a handwritten statistic about the migration crisis that has been affecting Europe in the past years.
CAPE TOWN ART FAIR | CAPE TOWN
At the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Gallery MOMO will be exhibiting in Booth A10 of the MAIN section, presenting new works by Adolf Tega, Pedro Pires, Salah Elmur and Stephané E. Conradie.
WITHIN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
LUANDA | DEC - JAN 2020
GROUP SHOW at Banco Económico, produced by This Is Not A White Cube in partnership with Banco Económico and Gallery MOMO.
The exhibition presented a dialogue bewteen 16 international contemporary artists and seeks to promote through its work, a comprehensive reflection on some of the most important historical-social issues experienced in their geographic territories of origin. At the same time, “Intersections - Within the Global South” critically explores the mechanisms of creating canons in the Western artistic context, privileging, through the curatorial direction, a presentation of works that materially and technically distance themselves from conventional media and artistic genre. The idea materializes objectively in an almost total absence of “strict” painting works, to emphasize this artistic genre as a key element to deconstruct the languages most traditionally installed in the global contemporary art system.
Curated by Graça Rodrigues and Sónia Ribeiro
SOLO SHOW | AKAA | PARIS
CARREAU DU TEMPLE, NOV 2019
Solo show "Gardens" with THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE, curated by Graça Rodrigues and Sónia Ribeiro. Stand B15 at AKAA ART FAIR
"Gardens" addresses the theme of identity - which has been a central object in the author's work over the last few years - and proposes a performative approach as an exhibition model, exploring the relationship between performance and installation as a paradigm of formal transformation of the exhibition space and of relational transformation with the public.
LAGOS BIENNIAL | NIGERIA
INDEPENDENCE HOUSE, LAGOS
OCT - NOV 2019
Exhibiting at Lagos Biennial | How to build a lagoon with just a bottle of wine?
Supported by THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE and Gallery MOMO.
Lagos Biennial is curated by Antawan I. Byrd, Tosin Oshinowo and Oyindamola Fakeye.
The biennial positions the city of Lagos—with its highly international purview—as its hub in supporting and promoting contemporary art through exhibitions, public programmes, publications, research, and residencies. Through these activities, the biennial privileges adventurous approaches to art making, presentation, and critical discourse -aspiring to broach complex social and political problems, cultivate new publics, and establish fresh modes of engagement within the city, as well as throughout the country and internationally.
INTERVIEW FOR POLDRA
Showing and talking about the sculpture '14.000 Newtons' at Fontelo Park in Viseu, during Poldra, Public Art Project.
This work can be seen until September 2020.
14.000 NEWTONS | NEO-TOPOGRAFIA
The sculpture '14.000 Newtons' is now featured on Neo-Topografia
website. This is a website that organizes and systematises information
regarding public art in the city of Viseu. '14.000 Newtons' is part of the
'non-perennial' collection, as it will be dismantled on September 2020.
SOLO SHOW | pH7 INTERFACES CORPO E ARQUITECTURA
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LUANDA
This is a solo show with about 25 new works, among sculptures, installation and drawings with paper interventions. In this exhibition, the artist proposes not one, but multiple dialogues with the city through the body and architecture.
Curated by Sónia Ribeiro and produced by TINAWC.
"FREE ENTRY" | FESTIVAL POLÍTICA
LISBON | BRAGA | ÉVORA
Are we entering a prison or stepping out of one?
This work invites the public into a space that resembles a prison. We are living in a time that affects us all, in Europe and in a global political changing landscape. This sculpture plays with contrasts, inviting visitors to question concepts such as borders, freedom, public and private space, security and movement.
ARTBALL AUCTION | NEW YORK
ARMREF CHARITY | JUN 19
Donation of "Yellow Series #6" for ArtBall 2019. ArtBall is a celebration of African cultures - of African art, African music, and African healthcare solutions. It is a Contemporary AfricanArt auction, an immersive learning experience, and a party. This is the second year Pedro's work has been a part of this auction.
ARCO ART FAIR | GALLERY MOMO
MAY 2019 | LISBON
Gallery MOMO is a South African gallery and this is the first time they exhibit in Portugal.
The third edition of ARCOlisboa welcomes 70 galleries from 17 countries, with a special participation from African galleries and also a new section dedicated to contemporary artpublications.
GROUP SHOW | SPACES IN BETWEEN
This show, curated by TINAWC, was divided in three cores aiming to highlight works and practices that focus on anti-racist, feminist, diaspora or reinvention politics, inhabiting architectural spaces, of identity and memory, of affection and imaginary.
GROUP SHOW | NOT A MUSEUM
PALAIS CASTILHO, LISBON
This group show was curated by Manuel Dias dos Santos and brought together works from almost 30 artists from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe. Represented by TINAWC.
CAPE TOWN ART FAIR GALLERY MOMO | FEB 2019
At the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Gallery MOMO exhibited in Booth A12 of the MAIN section, presenting new works by Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa, Stephané E. Conradie, Maurice Mbikayi, Pedro Pires, and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.
SOLO SHOW | GALLERY MOMO
"SIX OF ONE AND
HALF A DOZEN OF ANOTHER"
6 JAN 2019
This show is a continuation of Pires’s ongoing research into migration, nationality, and identity construction. Pires’s position as an Angolan-born, Portuguese-raised subject situates his national relationship in liminal space. ‘Belonging’ essentially to neither place raises questions that have to do with movement, history, and education. What is nationality? What makes us belong to a place, a country, a space? What is it to be Angolan or Portuguese in a contemporary postcolonial (or neocolonial) context? To what extent are we shaped by our education, or our ability to transform ourselves? Pires engages with these issues not just in a personal context. His work deals with issues that parallel other realities in a world marked by imperialism, migration, and change.
ARTIST'S BOOK 2018
"EVERYDAY LIFE" | 2 DEC 19
Artist´s book | Edition of 15 signed
ARTISSIMA ART FAIR 2018
TURIN, ITALY | NOV 1-4
Exhibiting with TINAWC, This is Not a White Cube at Artissima Art Fair in Turin. Showing sculpture and drawing.
EXPOCHICAGO ART FAIR 2018
CHICAGO, USA | OCT 28-30
Exhibiting with Gallery Momo at Chicago Art Fair. Showing sculpture and drawing.
POLDRA | SEP 18
FONTELO PARK | VISEU, PORTUGAL
Showing the sculpture 14.000 Newtons at Fontelo Park in Viseu, during Poldra, Public Art Project in Viseu.
From September 2018 until September 2020.
JOBURG ART FAIR 2018
SOUTH AFRICA | SEP 18
Exhibiting with Gallery Momo at the Joburg Art Fair. Showing sculpture and drawing.
Included in the exhibition with the sculpture "Kaluanda".
From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Presentlooks at the transformation in our view of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Following milestones in the life of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and in history, the exhibition explores the close relationship between the Spanish master and these arts, focusing on the history
of attitudes. Throughout the show, works by contemporary artists of African descent provide a counterpoint, increasing the points of view on the international history of art that requires rethinking.
LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE
LORNE, AUSTRALIA | MARCH 18
Selected for the Sculpture Biennale 2018, exhibiting the sculpture "Everyday Life" at the beach front of the town.
The Lorne Sculpture Biennale (LSB) is a vibrant festival celebrating the best of Australian and international sculpture. It's a free public event held every two years, and over three weekends the stunning Lorne foreshore becomes the picturesque pedestal for these sculptures, and the venue for a vibrant program of events.
‘Landfall’ is the curatorial theme for 2018 and is devoted to pressing global issues of nature and endangerment. Artists use the medium of sculpture (including light, sound, performance, and projection) to explore this theme and the intersection of nature, humanity, and art.
CAPE TOWN ART FAIR GALLERY MOMO | FEB 17
Exhibited in the Gallery Momo stand at the Cape Town Art Fair
16 - 18 FEB 2017
AKAA ART FAIR
PARIS | NOV 17
Exhibiting with ELA at the art fair AKAA - Also know as Africa at the Le Carreau du Temple in Paris.
1:54 ART FAIR | OCT 17
LONDON | SOMERSET HOUSE
Exhibiting with Gallery Momo at the Somerset House.
SOLO SHOW "3014,49 KM"
LISBON | EDGE ARTS | SEP-NOV 17
Curated by Inês Valle, "3014,49 Km" is an exhibition about the refugee/migrant crisis in Europe, about Europe and about new demographics. The research for this exibition started in 2016 with a trip to the Greek island of Lesbos, where I did volunteer work with the NGO ERCI and field research around the island colleting objects abandoned by refugees and migrants.
The exhibition opens on the 28th of September with the screening of 2 films by the syrian artist Issa Touma, followed by a talk between Pedro Pires, Issa Touma, Pedro Calado (High Comissioner for Migrations of Portugal) and Margarida Pinto Correia (Representing PAR - Refugee support platform).
GROUP SHOW LUAANDA
HANGAR | LISBON | 22 SEP 17
Group show curated by Suzana Sousa and Paula Nascimento, at Hangar.
Albano Cardoso | Cristiano Mangovo | Ery Claver | Ihosvanny | Januário Jano | Kiluanji Kia Henda | Keyezua | Pedro Pires
GROUP SHOW | GALLERY MOMO
"A Continent Beyond", opening 14th September at 18h, a group exhibition featuring nineteen artists who have helped define and redefine contemporary art within and beyond our borders.
The exhibition offers an occasion to reflect on the multiple journeys both from the artists, and also from Gallery MOMO. Over the past fourteen years, Gallery MOMO has challenged the seams that bind the South African art scene and burst into the international scene with a certain degree of conviction that has captured a changing country and continent through its artists.
Today, the continent stands at a particular moment to define not just itself, but history, art and space all together. This is a moment beyond republics and invisible borders drafted by men who stand now as monumentalized ghosts of the past – this is a continent beyond.
Participating Artists: Roger Ballen | Stephane Conradie | Florine Demosthene | Kimathi Donkor | Modupeola Fadugba | Dumile Feni | George Hallett | Ayana V Jackson | Coby Kennedy | Dillon Marsh | Maurice Mbikayi | Kenrick McFarlane | Sethembile Msezane | Pedro Pires | Curtis Talwst Santiago | Mary Sibande | Ransome Stanley | Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum | Andrew Tshabangu | Khaya Witbooi
DELFINA FOUNDATION ART RESIDENCY
LONDON JUN-AUG 17
Artist residency at the Delfina Foundation in London (UK), supported by ELA - Espaço Luanda Arte (Angola). From June until August 2017.
Founded in 2007, the Delfina Foundation promotea artistic exchange and experimentation. Creates opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. It forges international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.
In January 2014, Delfina Foundation expanded into an adjacent building at 31 Catherine Place in central London, becoming London's largest provider of international residencies.
Delfina Foundation is a non-political and non-grant-making foundation.