For those who are located in the shores

Dr Luiza Prado de O. Martins

For those who are located in the shores

video-installation 2021


The production of scarcity and hunger are practices profoundly interwoven into the history of coloniality. How is it possible, then, to create the conditions for life whilst struggling within a political system designed to produce the death of some for the benefit of others? How to counteract a narrative of scarcity for which the solution presented by the current system is the total consumption of the earth itself, and with it those who stand at its margins, at its shorelines?



Dr. Luiza Prado de O. Martins is an artist, writer, and researcher whose work examines themes around fertility, reproduction, coloniality, gender, and race. In her doctoral dissertation she approaches the control over fertility and reproduction as a foundational biopolitical gesture for the establishment of the colonial/modern gender system, theorizing the emergence of ‘technoecologies of birth control’ as a framework for observing—and resisting, disrupting, troubling—colonial domination. Her ongoing artistic research project, “A Topography of Excesses,” looks into encounters between human and plant beings within the context of herbalist reproductive medicine, approaching these practices as expressions of radical care. Since 2019, she has broadened the scope of this research, developing a body of work that offers a critique of the racist concept of ‘overpopulation’ in the context of the current climate crisis as part of her Vilém Flusser residency with the project The Councils of the Pluriversal: Affective Temporalities of Reproduction and the Climate Crisis.

She is part of the curatorial board of transmediale 2021 and an assistant professor and vice-director of the Centre for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon. She is a founding member of Decolonising Design. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Academia. She is currently based in Berlin.