Democratic ruptures and Brazilian flags. Retrenchment of human rights, apology to dictatorship, militarization of the society, and Brazilian flags all around. The work Andar de cima [Upper Floor], by Renata Lucas, was created between the two rounds of the 2018 election as part of the exhibition-manifesto Rejuvenesça! [Rejuvenate!], which marked the urgency to take a position and to act.
Stuck inside of Casa do Povo, an iron flagpole passes through two floors of the building in order to allow a Brazilian flag, withered and of big dimensions, to show up in the second floor. Different from flags displayed in open air, the work places the spectator in a weird situation of intimacy with the object – in a frontal perspective, at hand reach, in a short distance from the gaze, inside the hall. The displacement of perspective also displaces a series of elements and values attached to the construction of a national symbol and its daily ideological use. Imprisoned at Casa do Povo, without the glorifying mediation or the blowing wind, a deep melancholy comes to surface and reminds us, once again, that the monument of civilization is also a monument to barbarianism.