Marcos Chaves’ work opens a dialogue with the geographic and historical condition of places. It is built upon appropriation and intervention, often focusing on borders between different countries and differing states.
Chaves pushes those parameters to their limits such as in Dying of Laughter originally produced for the International Biennial of São Paulo XXV. Here, the humorous tone that is present in all of his work is not only an element of the piece, but is present as the fundamental core. It is the sound of laughter, pure and simple. The viewer, or in this case the listener, is left outside of the space with no clue as to what is happening inside to create such hilarity. Half of the work is in the hands of the viewer. It is the viewer who will utter the last word or better, the last laugh.
His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain in Freiburg, Switzerland; NKB, Berlin, Germany; Ludwig Museum im Koblenz, Germany; Vantaa Art Museu, Helsinki, Finland.