João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva
Onça Geométrica

opening: October 9th 2013 at 7pm
until November 14th 2013

For their 2nd solo show at ZERO... João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva come face to face to a dreaded vendetta.

Hey, hey, whatʼs that? Do you see it running? Where, where? Can't you see it? Look, it stopped, don't make any noise, straight ahead behind the fake palm tree, do you see it now? It looks just like the neighbours' cat, slightly bigger I would say, don't you think? Are you sure this is a cat at all, it might be something dangerous... Nonsense, quick, circle it from behind, I'll open the door and try to scare it off from here, we can't have animals inside, it's not hygienic... pussy cat, hey pussy cat, xo, xo, get out of here... GRReeeRRRRRRRRR

This particular incident is related to another artistic achievement from the Portuguese duo, when Paiva and Gusmão had a studio on a 3rd floor apartment they started resenting the constant urge for caressing from their pet Mimi, a grey spotted domestic cat, but instead of kindly showing Mimi the front door leading down to the main staircase of the building, they thought it was smarter to throw her straight out of the window and photograph it (see shot from 2010), an aesthetic accident... that was really shameful, this time around Mimi has allied herself with a fellow kin beast and they are both looking for revenge. No, what was seen at their studio was not the ferocious african relative of Mimi, the leopard, more likely the insidious amazon feline: ONÇA pintada gets GEOMETRICAL bloodstains. 

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Zero..., Milan