In the Tired Watering
Interdisciplinary artist Jota Mombaça and Serpentine Galleries Art Director Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss Mombaça’s latest work, a performance at the Art Biennale 2022 in Venice called “In the Tired Watering”.
The performance was built on a series of rhythmic chants and unraveling of fabric that left many visitors mystified. “I wanted to express what water has to say about the current planetary condition”, explains the Brazilian non-binary artist.
“Water is coming, leave!” was not only a repetitive warning in the performance but is already reality on the island of San Giacomo, due to rising sea levels and climate change.
Jota Mombaça is an interdisciplinary artist whose work unfolds in a variety of mediums. The sonic and visual matter of words plays an important role in their practice, which often relates to anti-colonial critique and gender disobedience.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows. Obrist’s publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Do It: The Compendium, Think Like Clouds and Ai Weiwei Speaks.