Renata Lucas’s win in last year´s Absolut Art Award enabled her to realize multiple installations in her on-going project ”The Museum of the Diagonal Man”. Besides the revolving door installation we described in our last post, Lucas also created an installation with street vendors, or ‘camelos’, as they are called in Brazil. Lucas recruited street vendors to sell traditional items, such as vinyl and limited-edition holograms outside major buildings around the neighbourhood Pier Mauá, including the Museu de Arte do Rio and the Lupa section of ArtRio. Some of the items sold by the street vendors were also on sale inside ArtRio, calling into question what constitutes a work of art.
Many of the installations in the Pier Mauá project bring into focus hidden or underground elements of Rio de Janeiro´s daily life, and in this installation the presence of the ‘camelos’ is particularly poignant since many of the area´s original street vendors have been driven out from the area as a result of the recent gentrification, an actuality in many modernizing cities of today.
The Museum of the Diagonal Man (2014)
Photograph: Roberto Chamorro
Courtesy of the Artist and Absolut