Paul Ramírez Jonas

Talisman

2008

Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Talisman (2008)
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Description

For the 2008 São Paulo Biennial, Paul Ramirez Jonas plays off of the mysterious and symbolic attributed of a Talisman. Here, members of the public are encouraged to engage with the piece, Talisman by offering a key they own in exchange for a key to the front door of the Biennial venue—the historic and iconic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavillion. In addition, they must sign a contract that establishes an agreement between the participant, the curators, the artist and the biennial foundation stating their respect for the Pavillion. Although they will be allowed to use the key after hours, they must abide by normal rules of conduct that are expected during regular hours.