33” de fama
Manuel Caeiro (Portugal)
The work from Manuel Caeiro presented at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, 33” of fame, investigates the construction of personalities from the aesthetic point |of view – while being contemplative but vain. The artist takes benefit of the space, in this particular case the stairs at the Palácio Pombal, to provoke the interaction between the visitor and the work. Caeiro invites the audience to take a role in the play using a red carpet, as if he or she is the actor or the artist. Two structures of great dimensions, within an exercise of a three-dimensional tromp l’oeil, create a triumphal arch that hosts the people in this space. The artist completes the work with a ‘photo reportage” that registers the moments of entering and leaving the red carpet.
In 1968, Andy Warhol claimed we will all, one day, enjoy 15 minutes of fame. With this work, Caeiro offers everyone 33 seconds of fame.