I attempt in my work, for the subject to become a language.

– Luiz Roque

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.

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.

Luiz Roque (1979, Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.

He has had solo exhibitions at CAPC, Bordeaux (2023); PROA21, Buenos Aires (2022); VAC, Austin (2021); Pivô, São Paulo (2020); CAC Passerelle, Brest (2020); New Museum, New York (2019); MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (2018); Tramway, Glasgow (2017), amongst others.

His work has been included in group exhibitions in places like the 5th Bienal de Montevideo (2023); 12th Göteborg Biennial for Contemporary Art, (2023); The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2023); 59th International Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2022); MASP, São Paulo (2017), MoMA PS1, New York (2016) and the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), amongst many others.

Selected Artworks
  • Luiz Roque – XXI, 2022 (Teaser)

    July 14, 2023
  • Luiz Roque – Zero, 2019 (Teaser)

    July 13, 2023

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