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.
In a near-trancelike barrage of music, text, physicality and imagery, artist Nástio Mosquito charismatically unpacks the good and the bad of what we ‘take’ as we create identities, maintain relationships and gain power.
From Wall Street hubris to downloading songs, from guilt to entitlement, Respectable Thief delivers an urgent and seductive demand: that we decide what’s important, what to follow, what to focus on and what to complete.
Respectable Thief straddles the epic, the intimate, the banal and the visceral – provoking, coaxing and celebrating the power of questioning and the productive eloquence of anger.
Nástio Mosquito & Vic Pereiró
Project Coordination by:
Godelieve Mosquito for ZZZZZ Creative Projects
Nástio Mosquito & DZZZZ Band, Re-Thieved by Seiji
The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Projects 104: Nástio Mosquito, Respectable Thief
KW Institute for Contemporary Art with Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, as part of Corpus, a network for performance practice; and Vooruit Art Center
Supported by – Pinchuk Art Centre and Espaço Espelho d’Água.
Image – Tiago Maya