AEDES AEGYPTI EXPERIMENT

Growing larvae in an art gallery

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For my solo exhibition in Curitiba at Museu Guido Viaro, I created an installation work consisting of forty-nine glasses of water spelling out the word AEDES, playing with the possibility of breeding mosquitoes in the context of a gallery space: the museum as laboratory, so to speak.
At a moment when Brazil is raging war against aedes egypti –the species of mosquito that carries dengue, chikungunya and zika virus–, the themes that my exhibition Narrativas Infecciosas addresses became especially relevant, instigating the public in an irreverent way, and proposing viewers to think about each individual’s responsibility towards public health and safety.

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Narrativas Infecciosas, Museu Guido Viaro, Curitiba, Brazil, April/May 2016


Aedes aegypti

Zika virus

Chikungunya

Dengue fever

Curitiba

Art museum

Laboratory

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