Beto Shwafaty

State of Alert

sculpture/installation, 220cm x 80cm d. tripod, lights, timer, wires. 2006

In Brazilian society it is normal to live in a permanent state of alert: gated communities, surveillance cameras, dogs, private security… The fear of violence is almost bigger than the violence itself, and the solutions are not socialized by the entire society. This work brings some security symbols and urban elements inside a sculptural structure – a light that turns on and off, a “giroflex light” used in police car. Inside an art institution, we will be alerted about what? These dislocated elements, inside the institution, creates an ambiguous situation of aesthetic beauty and the memory of fear.

Exhibited at:
31st SARP, Ribeirão Preto Art museum (acquired for the public collection of the institution).

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