disavowed

In its second edition, the museu do louvre pau-brazyl presented Lais Myrrha’s solo show Desdito [Disavowed] (2017), which unfolded as a performance and an exhibition in collaboration with Vão, Pio Figueiroa, and invited brass bands.

The focus now is on the Louvre’s absent painter, the only artist whose name is given to one of the condominium’s five blocks, but without any physical evidence of this. Unlike his iconic peers from European art history, for whom the building’s front blocks are named, neither Pedro Américo’s name nor reproductions of his works appear within the entrance halls.

From this structural division—of the noble, Frenchified front and the generalized background in the figure of a Brazilian painter—Lais Myrrha subverts the painting Independência ou Morte! [Independence or Death!] (1888) by Pedro Américo—an image frequently fashioned as the birth certificate of Brazil’s Independence—transforming the canvas into flesh and blood by dressing musicians from the brass band in the painting’s color palette, and dividing them between the figures of Dom Pedro I, his entourage, and the cavalry.

This new, embodied composition of the painting journeyed through the Pedro Américo spaces in the Louvre building as they played the Brazilian Anthem of Independence, which over the course of the procession was transmuted into the “Still-Pending” Anthem (“Ainda Pendência”), with composition and arrangement by musician Henrique Mendonça—a rebellion against the original composition made by Emperor Pedro I himself.

Desdito [Disavowed] performance on November 18th, 2017.

 

The performance begins and ends on the staircases, where the performers emulate the painting, forming a tableau vivant. The topography of ascension recalls the historical Ipiranga Hill, with the notary public’s office at the bottom standing in as an hereditary captaincy. Photographer Pio Figueiroa captured these two moments.

After the performance, the two photos produced during it were exhibited in the building, functioning as more than a mere record of the event. Through them, the history of the building, which until then only showcased European art history, is distorted. Moreover, these new images condense a series of elements and temporalities: the history of the prince regent’s return voyage from the coast atop a mule when he broke free from Portugal, Américo’s mythologizing of the moment, Artacho Jurado’s designs—the curved staircase, the faded gold ornaments, the green plastic carpet—the notary beneath the stairs, the performers and the audience in Brazil in November, 2017. The photos are a summary of the entire conjuncture, whose only possible future is its mirroring.

Caption

map by vão arquitetura

 

path of Desdito performance

on the ground floor and under floor of Louvre building

 

1. staircase and hall

2. sidewalk

3. garage entrance

4. garage exit

5. sidewalk

6. escalator and hall

7. staircase and hall

book PDF

where is pedro américo?

editors

guilherme giufrida

jéssica varrichio

design

alles blau

photography

p.ardid

archive from the museu paulista

translation

emma young

printed by

riso tropical

marielle presente
May of 2018
são paulo
ISBN: 978-85-918226-2-1

credits

curated by

Guilherme Giufrida
Jéssica Varrichio

production

casa planta
Amanda Dafoe
Julia de Francesco

visual identity

alles blau
(Elisa Von Randow e Julia Masagão)

design assistant

Beatriz Dórea
Matheus Sakita

translation

Emma Young

public relations

Matheus dos Reis

Performance

Brass band

Executive production
Chico Toledo

direction of production
Sara Peper

composition and music arrangement
Henrique Mendonça

extras

adriana perez
andré felipe
guilherme petrella
gustavo colombini
joão turchi
joão rocha rodrigues
julia de brito machado
julia reis
maria eugenia coroero

Musicians

alan alber
allan “brown” martino
chico toledo
danilo custô
denizard basilio
diego kazuo
domingo duclôs
éverson bô
fe lelot
fernando lima
gabriel nogueira
henrique mendonça
jorge zeta
julia paccola
juliana pereira
july neves
louisse aldrigues
mateus levy
pedro levy
priscila ribeiro
rocio romero
sara peper
wolfgang santos
zé renato

documentation

cinematography and video editing
alexandre wahrhaftig

sound technician
fernando russo

still images
p. ardid

exhibition

photography
Pio Figueiroa

setting
Jeff Lemos

research

Andrej Slivnik
Guilherme Giufrida
Jéssica Varrichio
Kleber Amancio
Lilia K. Moritz Schwarcz
Lúcia Klück Stumpf
Rômulo Fróes

acknowledgments

ana maria freitas

antônio freitas

edifício louvre

felipe martinez

guita debert

luiz campligia

marcos de deus da silva

museu paulista

paribar

renata motta

tapera taperá

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