Runo Lagomarsino b. 1977, Lund, Sweden
Projection of 27 color 35 mm slides, 5 min., 24 sec.
overall dimensions variable
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014
ContraTiempos documents the findings of Runo Lagomarsino’s wanderings under the Marquise, a concrete canopy that connects the different buildings in Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx’s 1954 Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo. Finding shapes that resembled the silhouette of South America in the cracks of the Marquise’s concrete pathways, Lagomarsino photographed the chance continental formations, displaying the images in a slideshow. For Lagomarsino, the fissures in the park’s modernist design serve as a metaphor for flaws in the modernist project as a whole, and for a colonialist “subconscious” that threatens to reemerge from beneath its damaged surface.