• Renata Lucas unveils Art Award project in Rio de Janeiro

Absolut is delighted to present Renata Lucas´s 2013 Absolut Art Award winning project, featuring a series of site-specific architectural interventions located throughout the Pier Mauá area ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil.

These temporary installations draw on the rich socio-economic history of the neighbourhood, a part of the city which is undergoing rapid redevelopment and major infrastructural change.

Each of these ambitious interventions is on view to the public, and the series continues Lucas's ongoing enquiry ‘The Museum of the Diagonal Man’ – elements of which have been shown to great acclaim around the world. Driven by an interest in the impact architecture has on the individual, as well as the fluidity of space, Renata Lucas’s series of temporary installations create a literal and metaphorical diagonal pathway through the urban landscape of Pier Mauá , inviting visitors to simultaneously consider the history, present and future of the site.

At the centre of these installations, Lucas has created a diagonal passageway through an abandoned warehouse, cutting into the fabric of the building to create two revolving doors, subverting the original architectural design to bring the outside, inside and vice versa. Lucas has collaborated with Arto Lindsay, Radio Lixo, Badenov and Diogo Reis to create a ‘diagonal soundscape’ through the space, which will be performed on the night of Thursday 11 September at the opening party.

Several installations bring into focus hidden or underground elements of Rio de Janeiro's daily life, including street sellers or ‘camelos’. The artist has recruited street vendors who will sell traditional items such as vinyl and limited-edition holograms outside major buildings around Pier Mauá, including the Museu de Arte do Rio and the Lupa section of ArtRio, where the artist’s diagonal line ends. Some of the items sold outside on the street are also on sale inside ArtRio, calling into question what constitutes a work of art. The presence of these ‘camelos’ is particularly poignant as many of the area’s original street vendors have been driven out as a result of the recent gentrification.

Unrealised projects and the processes involved in pursuing these projects until the end are as important a part of Lucas´s practice as those which are eventually displayed. A large selection of these will be developed into a magazine which will accompany and serve as a lasting legacy for the project. Taking its format from the 50s magazine ‘Habitat’, founded by renowned Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, Lucas’s publication will explore the public dimension of architecture and will become a kind of paradigm, alternating and sitting between the magazine’s past and present.