Tudo vai mal, tudo
Tudo mudou não me iludo e contudo
A mesma porta sem trinco, o mesmo teto
E a mesma lua a furar nosso zinco
The library skylight is covered with zinc plates in the intervention of Carolina Cordeiro. Making direct reference to the architectural structure, the precarious building element that is the zinc roof of sheds, the artist touches urgent housing issues in the country, while also addressing a whole tradition of samba and Brazilian popular music that brings in their lyrics the figure of the “zinc ceiling”.
Although it is not a material that we traditionally take as constructive, the artist has been exploring this materiality that also has an affective connotation for her. Her first work with zinc is in a new conformation on the upper floor of auroras, in the “card castles” that she articulated next to the bookshelves. In the same room, a collection of nine collages from the series There is an observation to be made restructure, in a kind of concrete poetry, catalog files of public archives.
With precise actions, Carolina Cordeiro creates works that constitute themselves in relation to the space for which they were created. The simple procedures change the whole environment which, in the case of They say that there is an all black silence, alters the illumination of the library being drilled – like bullet holes in a shed – by the sunlight or the moon, which by day splashes the floor with light embers and at night shines a starry sky.