Cinthia Marcelle, Dust Never Sleeps, Ausstellungsansicht, Secession 2014, Foto: Oliver Ottenschläger

Cinthia Marcelle

Dust Never Sleeps

September 11 – November 2, 2014

Cinthia Marcelle has often staged situations and performative acts in public spaces, interventions designed to transform quotidian actions into poetic events. Video and photography are her chosen artistic media of documentation. On several occasions, the artist has explored the ruin as an allegory of history divorced from any conception of beauty, drawing on Walter Benjamin’s understanding of history as a process of inexorable decline. One material that recurs throughout Marcelle’s oeuvre is dust. She sprays the loose particles into clearly delimited spaces, where they settle to demarcate a new space. At the same time, the deposited layers of dust and grime embody the materialization of time.


Cinthia Marcelle, born in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) in 1974, lives and works in São Paulo.