POWER OF LOVE

1998

24th Bienal de Sao Paulo

Complete installation 22 W x 20 D x 10 H ft, mixed media (backlit digital Panaflex panels in lightboxes, polychrome plexiglas lit “disco” floor, bulbs, electronic controller, painted MDF bench)

 Backlit Panaflex lightbox A (left) (8 x 6.5 ft)

Backlit Panaflex lightbox B (right) (8 x 6.5 ft)

Backlit Panaflex lightbox C (center) (6.5 x 4 ft)

Heart-shaped MDF bench (4 x 4 ft)

Floor 22 x 20 ft

 

 

 

 

Power of Love explores informal lifeworlds of the global South that are characterized by popular media and aesthetics. It engages with personal and territorial issues as mapped onto the individual body, and the mass identity of a nation-state via the seductive power of global popular media. However, people are not passive recipients of hierarchical schemes, but are incestuously involved in carnivalesque power play in which both state power and popular forces are theatrically embroiled.

Power of Love is inspired by set designs, graphics, and horror aesthetics of South Asian cinema and TV game shows. It was exhibited at the 24th Bienal de Sao Paulo, whose animating concept was the Manifesto Antropófago (Cannibal Manifesto) of 1928 by the Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade.