Lights and Shadows of Terra Comunal

Text by Ulisses Carrilho
Photographs by Hick Duarte,Victor Nomoto and Victor Takayama
Saturday, April 25 - 2015

Marina Abramovic’s retrospective Terra Comunal - MAI is installed at SESC Pompeia, a landmark of Brazilian architecture. The building is designed is by Lina Bo Bardi, who was recently recognized as one of the most important architects to design modern contemporary art museums around the world by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in New York City.

One reason for the design’s sucess is the use of light. Bo Bardi’s plan maximizes natural light to create a radiant effect throughout the exhibition space. This is complimented by the bright lights of tropical Brazil, easily seen in the pictures captured by our team of photographers. Light is an element that greatly enhances the experience of Terra Comunal - MAI as a whole. In the late afternoons around 4pm, the soft play of light is easy to appreciate inside the exhibition space. Rivers carved out of the cement floor, designed as an intervention within the space by Bo Bardi, are unexpected, bringing a organic feel to the cement ground.

To find out more about the building and the construction of the space, read our interview with the responsible architect Gustavo Cedroni here.

Terra Comunal - MAI is free and open to the public until May 10, 2015 @SESC Pompeia, São Paulo - Brazil.