FLAVIO CURY

GEOGRAPHICAL FICTION

Installation/ performance

 

Euclides da Cunha, one of the main figures in the Brazilian literature describes in his book “Os Sertões” the popular rebellion occurred in Canudos, a region in the northeast of the country deeply marked by misery and drought. In view of the historic governmental neglect, its inhabitants proclaim the area as an independent state, which was violently repressed.

 

This event, occurred in the late nineteenth century in the confines of Latin America, repeats in different forms and contexts in the contemporary world. The inequality and violence imposed by the political machine seem to be timeless and transnational, creating borders, boundaries, and inconceivable limits. The writer, shocked with the misery and despair he sees, affirms: “this is a geographical fiction”.

 

 

In this performance I walk through a steel line that is connected to a metal structure forming the same sentence. My body weight sustains the structure fixed on the ceiling. As I a step out, the sentence collapses on the floor like an explosion.