Cildo Meireles, Tunga

T Kanaal

This exhibition of works by two Brazilian artists, Cildo Meireles and Tunga, illustrated the ways in which strategies of displacement and substitution can be used to produce works of multiple, sometimes contradictory, meanings. Meireles has been an important figure in Brazilian art for the past 20 years. He has incorporated tactics from conceptual and performance art, in order to underscore the series of political upheavals that have characterized his country’s tumultuous recent history. His installation here was entitled A traves (Through, 1989). It represented both a conceptual and physical challenge for the viewer. Meireles’ portion of the exhibition space was covered with shards of broken glass. As one advanced, the ground literally broke with each step, emitting a sound that was both frightening and pleasurable. The work played on the prohibition and attraction of this activity,

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