Luiza Prado de O. Martins

a composite photo with dark blue, orange and lime green tones, shows a big blue pot being stirred by a hand holding a wooden spoon. To the top right are oranges srurrounded by greenery, and the bottom left of the image has green peppers or chillies. Stylised paint graphics are overlaid as splashes
Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Multispecies Banquet, 2019; courtesy the artist.

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.