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Carmen, 2001
Plastic earrings, velvet, metallized and thermo-lacquered iron, sound installation

Habanera performed by Maria Callas: L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Love Is a Rebellious Bird), 4'46'', aria from the Act I of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet (1875)

390 x Ø 280 cm

Private collection, Porto

Shaped like a full-bodied chandelier and borrowing the title from one of Bizet's most popular operas, this work by Joana Vasconcelos is composed by black velvet strips and vulgar earrings made of colourful plastic, thus combining an operatic erudition with a tragic cerimoniality and festive vulgarity. Feminine, colourful and enticing, void and suspended like the tragic finale annunciated by its black velvet, Carmen operates on the unstable intersection between erudite and popular taste, now released from long-standing class constrictions.

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