Screening of Nosferasta: First Bite (2021) by Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer with Oba, and A Mordida (2019) by Pedro Neves Marques, two artist films that echo forms of contagion and transmission in tropical contexts between past and present, history and identity.
Followed by a video-conversation with artists and filmmakers Pedro Neves Marques, Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer.
Moderation Filipa Ramos
The cafeteria of the Gulbenkian Museum will stay open until 9pm, throughout the events of the public programme ‘Crepúsculos’.
Nosferasta, 2021, EUA, 32′
Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer with Oba
Nosferasta is the first iteration of a Rastafarian vampire film starring and co-written by Oba, a Trinidadian artist residing in Brooklyn whose origin and life is imagined by the film. In the late 15th century, Oba is sent on a slave ship from West Africa to the Caribbean, where he is bitten by the vampire Christopher Columbus, a gesture that signals his undying loyalty to the colonial project.
Writers and Directors Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer, Oba
Director of Photography Alex Ashe
Edition Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer
Music Doug Hock, Leila Bordreuil, Village Drums of Freedom
Cast Adam-Rashad Glenn, Jack Sochet, Jerry G Angelo, Sarah Kerr, Steve Holmgren, Oba
Production Anne Alexander, Cousins
Distribution Anne Alexander, Cousins
A Mordida, 2019, Portugal/Brasil, 36′
Pedro Neves Marques
In a laboratory, male mosquitoes are genetically modified to transmit a lethal gene to females. A man, a woman and a transgender woman live in a polyamorous relationship. Against the reactionary epidemic, the autonomy of intimacy and reproduction.
Writer and Director Pedro Neves Marques
Director of Photography Marta Simões
Sound Tales Manfrinato
Art Direction Diogo Hayashi
Edition Pedro Neves Marques
VFX João Cáceres Costa
Post-Production Kino Sound Studio
Colour Correction Rita Lamas
Sound Design and Mix Pedro Góis
Production Catarina de Sousa e Pedro Neves Marques
Cast Alina Dorzbacher, Ana Flávia Cavalcanti, Kelner Macedo
Sponsor Péres Art Museum of Miami, EUA
Distribution Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency
Pedro Neves Marques is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. They have presented solo and group exhibitions in art institutions such as Tate Modern, Serpentine Galleries and Gasworks, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; CaixaForum, Barcelona; Anthology Film Archives, New Museum, SculptureCenter, High Line and e-flux, New York; Fondación Botín, Madrid; and Times Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou. They have also exhibited at Liverpool Biennial, Gwangju Biennale, Göteborg International Biennial, Guangzhou Image Triennial, New Museum Triennial, Ural Biennial for Contemporary Art, Contour Biennial and Cuenca International Biennial. Their films have been shown in film festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival and New York Film Festival. With Alice dos Reis, they co-founded the poetry publishing house Livros do Pântano / Pântano Books. Neves Marques is the author of the short story book Morrer na América (Abysmo and Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2017), has edited the anthologies YWY, Searching for a Character Between Future Worlds: Gender, Ecology, Science Fiction (Sternberg Press, 2021) and The Forest and The School (Archive Books, 2015), and co-edited a special issue of the art and theory journal e-flux journal for the 65th Venice Biennale (2015). (Photo: Ana Brígida)
Adam Khalil is a filmmaker and artist residing in Brooklyn. He grew up as a member of the Ojibway tribe in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He is a collaborator with the New Red Order (NRO) and co-founder of COUSIN, a collective that supports indigenous artists expanding the film format. His work has been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MOMA, the Lincoln Center and e-flux, New York; at Tate Modern, London; at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and at the Toronto Biennial.
Bayley Sweitzer is a filmmaker residing in Brooklyn. His work has been presented at Film at Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archives, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Other Cinema, San Francisco; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate Modern, London; Bozar, Brussels; Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival; and the Berlinale in Berlin. A recipient of a Creative Capital Award, Sweitzer also works professionally as a first assistant cameraman and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600. He acts as an accomplice to the New Red Order (NRO) collective.
Oba “the Artist and Musician” was born Wendell Scotts in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Oba is an artist, chef and actor residing in Brooklyn. His paintings, sculptures and t-shirts have been featured at Motel Gallery and Rumpelstiltskin, Brooklyn. From 2016 to 2018, Oba was the lead singer of avant-garde supergroup Dead Companionship, alongside Austin Sley Julian, Adam and Zack Khalil. He starred as King Alpha in Empty Metal, by Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer (2018). Oba's world-class corn soup has been consumed at the legendary Club Temptation in Flatbush and in other esteemed establishments around the world.
The research of Filipa Ramos, PhD, focuses on the relationship between culture and ecology, examining how contemporary art fosters relationships between nature and technology. Ramos has worked at the intersection between film and art as a curator of Art Basel Film and is the founder of the artists' cinema Vdrome. For London's Serpentine Gallery, she co-created the arts, humanities and science festival The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish and is curator of "Persons Persone Personen", the 8th Gherdëina Biennale (2022).
Public programme for “Vampires in Space”, Pedro Neves Marques’ project for the Portugal Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Learn more about CAM’s free activities for June 5th.More info
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