Erwin Wurm presents a series of works that discuss the human body, not only from the physical aspect, but also from its psychological and spiritual layers.
Wurm makes the word "diet" take on the dimension of an exercise in contemporary faith.
"The diet" he says, "is like a philosophy that is part of our daily life: on the one hand, it has a physical aspect, and on the other, a spiritual dimension."
This ambiguity makes it possible to refer both to the diet of consumerism and to the diet of foods: both reveal an existence within the dimension of excess.
There's no point in stealing a bronze sculpture because its value is not in its physical material, but in the emanation of the energy (measured in calories) of the furnace that sculpted it.
Metaphorically, we can assume that the same energy that results in a bronze or iron sculpture is the energy that sculpts our bodies.
The calorie that makes us gain or lose weight is the same force that wrestles with the forms of the sculpture.
You are the sculptor of your body and the calorie is the raw material of this sculpture.
Erwin Wurm - The Body is The House
Curator: Marcello Dantas
Text: Marcello Dantas
April/June 2017 - Brasília
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil