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Latest Project from Carioca: Death by Diamonds and Pearls
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'Biography' presents a wide selection of works from Elmgreen & Dragset's complex universe, including sculpture, performance and interactive installations. Works from the late 1990s onwards will be shown together with recent projects, ...
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The public’s appetite for death has always been high. Probably the peak was through medieval art and Gothic art, when people were interested in representation of death, until the present day, when many projects deals with it, but in a more documentary style, the audience has never ceased to look for it in art.
We were interested in a symbolic representation of a world where people are either abused, or abusers and where they would all be injured – suffering or producers of suffering and death. At the same time, we chose a title that would work on both levels: death by diamonds and pearls as well as dead for diamonds and pearls. In both cases, it’s a mix of luxury, passion and greed.

After All

After All

Our new project “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” is a conceptual mix between mythological symbols from the middle ages, mythology (from myth and metaphorical characters to cult objects and social status) and the cosmetized contemporary.
The stilistics is based on combining elements from different periods of time (armours, helmets, contemporary clothes, motocycles, accessories) and proposes the viewer an image of a temporal space where he is invited to meditate about the human and spiritual side.

Between Us

Between Us

Evoking cultural references (Saint Sebastian), historical moments (medieval jousting), and social rebellion, the photos propose connections between old and new and bring into spotlight transformations that took place due to the passing of time. The photos explore notions like myth, violence, hypocrisy, lust for power, duality. The world presented in this space is corrupt, and the positive characters suffer. Above all there is a justice force, which comes to punish in order to reset the general equilibrium.
The artists question the idea of human condition during different time periods (from the Middle Ages until today) and the way we interact with this spiritual belonging. This makes the audience think of issues concerning the significance and presence of myths in our life in the 21th century. The world of our project is divided into characters that are abused and those that abuse.

To sum up, it is a melancholic episode about vulnerable beauty giving birth to metaphysical injuries.

Chastisement

Chastisement

Molotov Cocktail

Molotov Cocktail

Sebastian

Sebastian

Renaissance Stage 2

Renaissance Stage 2

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