TROPICAL CLUSTERS PROJECT
Rio Occupation London
Breno Pineschi was invited by Rio’s Secretary of Culture to represent Brazil along with 29 other Carioca artists in the Rio Occupation London project., an artistic residency that happened during the London 2012 Olympics. Breno developed his project throughout the month of July 2012 in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), where he resided for this brief period. His project became part of the museum’s collection, which includes works from artists such as Rodin and David Bowie.
“Tropical Clusters”, the title of his project, was an urban intervention in the English capital using various multi-colored bunches of bananas made from paper and magnets, which worked as a symbol of the vibrant, magnetic and joyfull Brazilian culture. At the same time, the bananas were a criticism towards the very moment we are living now, where all eyes of the world are turned to Rio/Brazil, looking to have a piece of it and the fruits it bears.
Nine thousand bananas were assembled mainly by English people and visitors to the V&A Museum in what came to look a little like a factory production and assembly line. This image represented a reversal of roles, since, for once, someone from a former European colony (Brazil) colonized English people and Europeans alike.
The bananas contrasted with the monochromatic aesthetic of the ever cloudy London. Grouped in bunches that had some 20 or up to 100 bananas, the “Tropical Clusters” were featured in a two-page spread in the English paper The Times. They were placed in more than 35 public locations in London, such as classic lamp posts, phone booths, and within the V&A Museum itself, where a huge installation was created at the Sackler Centre.