Rodrigo Lebrun is a French/Brazilian artist living in London and holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art under the supervision of professor Tony Dunne.
His practice examines the way the contemporary world has been affected by digital technology and influenced by neo-liberal doctrine – where citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency.
His work deals with matters as diverse as financial crisis, consumption, nationalism, and ideologies, with an underlying critique of our faith in those systems, however imperfect they might be.
“I believe we live in an era of broken realities in which multilayered fast-paced narratives have a numbing effect and work as the ultimate device of ideological indoctrination. We buy brands that exploit slave labour, we use financial services that laundry money for drug-lords and we vote for politicians whose policies are influenced by multinational corporations, but it’s all fine as long as we have latest gadget, football and 25-day holiday allowance.”
His work has been exhibited in the UK, Italy, Estonia and Ireland. He has also given talks and organised workshops in the UK, Brazil and Italy, and is currently a visiting lecturer at London College of Communication.
Rodrigo was commissioned by Invisible Dust with the Humber Museums Partnership for York Mediale and North Lincolnshire Museum. Green (Screen) Dreams is part of ‘Surroundings’, a 3-year programme of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes across the Humber Region.