Cildo Meireles

Fondacao de Serralves

A black leather case divided in half, containing two symmetrical pockets; at the bottom of each pocket, earth. This carrying case holds the memory of a performance by Cildo Meireles that took place in November of 1969, in a border zone between the provinces of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Meireles’ performance consisted of digging a hole on either side of this virtual dividing line and exchanging the earth that had been dug from each. Mutações geográficas: fronteira Rio-São Paulo (Geographical mutations: Rio-São Paulo border, 1969) was perhaps one of the most subtle pieces in this retrospective exhibition of Meireles’ work—organized by IVAM in Valencia, and curated by Vicente Todoli (director of Serralves) and Nuria Enguita—which traveled to the Fundação de Serralves in Porto, as part of the biannual cultural festival “Third Journey in Contemporary Art.”

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