Matheus Rocha Pitta

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Opening this weekend at Sprovieri Progetti in London will be Drive thru #1, new work by Brazilian artist Matheus Rocha Pitta. The exhibition, which is the artist’s first UK show, will feature sculpture, video and photographs that investigate the concept of the word ‘apprehend’ as it relates to the Brazilian police. Often, the term apprehend is used to describe seized goods (mostly drugs). Once these items are confiscated, the police will create a display of the goods and call the press to have the items photographed and circulated through the media, boasting the crack-down. Pitta is interested in the meaning of this term and how it relates to global issues of possession, displacement and territory.

The exhibition was recently awarded the first Illy Sustainart and ARCO prize in Spain. Matheus Rocha Pitta was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1980, and studied history at the Universidade Federal Fluminense and philosophy at the Universidade Estadual of

Rio do Janeiro.