Outside the Brazilian Pavilion, a pair of worn sneakers hang from a flagpole (by
), invoking the street semiotics of drug use and setting the tone for a remarkably cohesive multimedia group show that brings the country and some of the issues that afflict it under one roof. Works on view include a video performance by
, who carries the Olympic torch through the run-down, rat-ridden prisons and dilapidated parts of São Paulo in an eloquent expression of the 2013 protests against the country’s vast expenditure on the upcoming Olympics; and ’s
site-specific maze of makeshift, broken walls and a 1975 video by the artist exploring the violence that comes from the classification of racial and demographic identity.