The glass room that harbors Shirley Paes Leme’s installation Nosso Mundo creates a direct link to MAM’s Sculpture Garden surroundings, like an extension of Roberto Burle Marx’s landscape design. From a distance, the mirror-polished floor of the artist’s piece resembles a reflecting pool, an oasis, as if covered in liquid. Yet, as one walks on the reflective boards, the floor gets consistent.
Viewers can either look from the outside in or be immersed in the installation, as if the city’s fast pace were suspended for a moment, creating a place for contemplation and unwinding. The mirror-polished floor installed in Parque do Ibirapuera’s marquee enlarges the space as well as the body of those who walk over it. As we view the work, the mirror reflects us. A double inversion of the large wall panel on the back of the room is displayed on the reflective surface.
From the city landscape, Shirley Paes Leme created a layout employing used air-conditioning filters from cars, stained with smog. The chosen material reveals the quality of the air we breathe. It’s like each filter that pictures buildings or sections of the sky made the dense, smog-filled, toxic atmosphere that surrounds us visible.
The artist creates a kind of skyline from the dense atmosphere and the smog caught in the filters. These are the specks that cover our eyesight and may dim our senses. In addition to more and more urgent environmental issues, Shirley Paes Leme highlights and reflects upon the paradoxical circumstances of being in the sort of smog oasis in which we find ourselves.
Exhibition period: March 2 (from 7 pm) to Jul 9, 2023
Location: Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo
Address: Parque Ibirapuera (Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº – Gates 1 and 3)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)
Phone: (11) 5085-1300
Admission: R$25.00 in full and R$12.00 half-price. Free on Sundays. Prior appointment required.