Baitogogo installation Henrique Oliveira..! installation of wood depicting the rapid development of favelas in São Paulo..!





“Constructed from a mass of twisting and turning tapumes – wood used to fence construction sites in Brazil – the installation evokes the characteristics of a living organism.Using materials collected from the urban landscape, Oliveira’s work alludes to the rapid development of favelas – a term used in Brazil for shanty towns. The favelas organic growth across cities such as São Paulo – where Oliveira lives and works – is reflected in the installation. Baitogogo’s tumour-like quality in turn acts as a metaphor for the ‘dynamic decay of São Paulo’s urban fabric’. Cited by Palais de Tokyo as an ‘architectural anthropomorphism’, Oliveria draws on inspiration from medical textbooks, particularly from studies of physical pathologies.”



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