luka moncaleano (bottom left and centers) murrillo meirelles (right)
Zenite installation becomes like a totem of Brazilian culture based on the observation of the culture of the street were SAARA market vendors – the well known market in the center of Rio de Janeiro - use to sell fresh drinks kept inside of polystyrene boxes filled up with ice. In this case this indispensable ‘summery’ everyday material has been transformed in something ancestral with reference to the ancient roots of Indio identity. It looks like a totem from the Amazonia forest suggesting a sort of tribal presence immersed into a cloud of atmospheric iced smoke.
In this particular occasion the artist aim was to contrast the ephemeral consistence of the cold ice with the permanence of the polystyrene so reflecting on the environmental and heritage culture equilibrium of Brazil.