Clarissa Tossin, ‘Monument to Sacolândia’, 2010, Edward Cella Art and Architecture
Clarissa Tossin, ‘Monument to Sacolândia’, 2010, Edward Cella Art and Architecture

Photo-documentation of an action, 11”x14”

Single-channel HD video, 3’15” (color & sound)

Cement-bag architectural model, 73" x 8.5" x 20"

Postcards - unlimited edition

The presidential palace, Palácio da Alvorada, was the first Oscar Niemeyer building built in Brasília, Brazil's planned capital. A workers’ camp near the palace had shacks constructed from leftover cement bags, which earned the settlement its name: Sacolândia or Bagland. Located on terrain designated for an artificial lake named Paranoá, the camp was flooded in 1959 and its population relocated to the outskirts of the planned city. For Monument to Sacolândia, a cement-bag model of the palace, sitting atop a raft, was released on the Paranoá lake with the palace's gardens as backdrop. In addition, postcards detailing Sacolândia's fate were inserted into postcard stands in Brasilia.

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