Second Skin



Text by Ulisses Carrilho
Photographs by Hick Duarte
Wednesday, May 13 - 2015

Following the Los Angeles riots of 1992, performance artist Chris Burden (1946-2015) proposed the L.A.P.D. Uniforms Project, an edition of thirty Los Angeles Police Department uniforms, in 1993. Employing the physical presence of these symbols of authority and power, Burden created a discussion. This past Sunday, after we had gathered on a special photo shoot the night before to photograph the uniforms worn by the artists of MAI Presents, we learned that Chris Burden had passed away. The uniforms suddenly took on another meaning, not only serving as a posthumous homage to the artist, but an homage to the effort of all of those for whom art is their work. 

Marina Abramovic Institute honors Chris Burden with this gesture, in the company of fellow artists: Ayrson Heráclito (Bahia), Transmutação da Carne [Transmutation of The Meat]; Fernando Ribeiro (Paraná), O Datilógrafo [The Typist]; Grupo Empreza (DF/Goiás), Vesúvio [Vesuvius] Maikon K (Paraná), DNA de DAN [DNA of DAN]; Marco Paulo Rolla (Minas Gerais), Preenchendo o Espaço [Fulfilling the Space]; Maurício Ianês (São Paulo), O Vínculo [The Bond]; Paula Garcia (New York), Corpo Ruindo [Crumbling Body] and Rubiane Maia (Espírito Santo), O Jardim [The Garden].

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