The name of this artwork was devised by Tunga to indicate directions for its understanding: a palindrome is a phrase or expression that reads the same backwards as forwards. The direct meaning of the Portuguese word incesto [incest], the sexual act with blood relatives, can be complemented with a play on words – in cesto, that is, “in a basket.” The larger-than-life elements in the installation, which allude to the instruments of weaving such as a needle, thimble, thread and basket, flow through the web of meanings to a common aggregate meaning, a contiguous allegory of a consanguineous relation between the objects and significations.


  • Title: Palíndromo Incesto
  • Date Created: 1990/1992
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: Inhotim Collection, Brazil, Eduardo Eckenfels
  • Medium: Copper wire, magnet, copper leaf and iron filings
  • Multimedia artist: Tunga

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