For the last few years, Pedro Lagoa’s practice has mainly been centering around different concepts of destruction, which have developed and found their expression in series of on-going projects, such as the Record Breaking Party (2007- 2013) and the Archive of Destruction (2007 - on-going). Working with performance, video and installations, Lagoa attempts to incorporate the destructive gesture within the creative paradigm of art, claiming that “…the act of destruction always constitutes itself as the expression of a refusal…”. His actions manifest themselves as powerful critical tools which are not limited to the time of thier occurrence, as destruction always operates in a transversal way through time: reshaping the Past and resurging in unpredictable ways in the Future.
During his residency at Gasworks, Lagoa intends to continue working on and further develop his project of the Archive of Destruction; experimenting with new forms of presentation and turning the studio into a platform for hosting informal activities related to the archive. Visit Archive of Destruction- London Branch, to see the upcoming events.
Pedro Lagoa lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. His work has been shown at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland (2013); Galeria Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal (2012); and Nam June Paik Art Centre, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (2010).
This residency is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.