Cement bags are continuously stacked in a single, increasingly unstable column. The bags act as a metaphor for the failures of Brazil’s mid-century modernist project. The description belongs to “Infinite Column”, produced in 2011 by five-times PIPA Prize nominee Lais Myrrha.
On view at the Blanton Museum of Art since last Saturday, December 9th, the video uses the very materials employed in the construction of Brazil’s “modernist dream” to criticize it. In the world of “Infinite Column” – whose title was borrowed from an iconic monument by the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi – , using cement does not guarantee any stability or hardness whatsoever. By questioning the usual notions associated with this material, Myrrha also questions the place of monuments and, most importantly, their role in official state narratives.
“Infinite Column”, solo show by Lais Myrrha
Curated by Beverly Adams
On view from December 9th, 2017 through February 25th, 2018
Blanton Museum of Art
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