Clarissa Tossin, "White marble everyday" video stills

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents a video installation by Clarissa Tossin

(Houston, USA)

With the video installation White Marble Everyday, on display at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston until November 20, artist Clarissa Tossin explores and deconstructs the utopian ideals embodied in high Modernism and the history of Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil. Constructed to displace the historic capital of Rio de Janeiro in 1960, Brasília has been celebrated internationally for its radical conception of a utopian city, following the master plan of Lúcio Costa and shaped by the visionary architecture of Oscar Niemeyer.

The video focuses on the soaring, sculptural forms of Niemeyer’s Federal Supreme Court building, while tracking the anonymous laborers tasked with keeping the marble pristine. Tossin (born in Brazil in 1973) finds grace in the elaborate choreography of this arduous and repetitive task, compressing the daily four-hour ritual to less than six minutes. A champion of Brazil’s Communist Party, Niemeyer declared his architecture was “for the people,” but as Tossin demonstrates, his creations can be sustained only by the people Niemeyer claimed to serve.

You can watch the video on the artist’s page, under the tab “Artworks”.

‘White Marble Everyday’, 2009, Two-channel HD video, 5’42”, color and sound (looped)

“White Marble Everyday”, solo video installation by Clarissa Tossin
From September 30 until November 20, 2022

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA


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