sao-paulo

assume vivid astro focus, Transgeométricas (Transgeometrics) (detail), 2013, paint marker, automotive paint, 68 x 48 1/2 x 7".

assume vivid astro focus

Casa Triângulo

assume vivid astro focus, Transgeométricas (Transgeometrics) (detail), 2013, paint marker, automotive paint, 68 x 48 1/2 x 7".

The dynamic changes in the São Paulo skyline aren’t news to locals or regular visitors to the city. But the past couple of years have seen a dramatic acceleration in real estate speculation, turning São Paulo into a developer’s paradise, to the detriment of many of its inhabitants. The collective assume vivid astro focus, whose main contributors are Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack and his French counterpart Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, framed its recent exhibition “alisabel viril apagão fenomenal” (virile hairstraightener phenomenal blackout) as a commentary on and a manifesto against the state of (real estate) affairs.

The group found its pillar of resistance in Big Ben, a striptease bar in the heart of what is known as Baixo Augusta (Lower Augusta Street). Big Ben was the only establishment on its block that did not sell its plot to companies seeking to construct gated high-rise

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