Barba’s project Disseminate and Hold investigates manmade geographies and landscapes, and how these are often deeply enmeshed with political agendas and utopian visions.
The new film work introduces us to the Minhocão (or “Big Worm”) – an elevated highway that runs through the heart of São Paulo. Built in the 1970s, with the intention of doubling traffic capacity into the centre of the city, the highway has always been synonymous with darker political undertones. In the work, the artist considers not just the history of the Minhocão, but also its current existence, examining the complex relationships between the road, the surrounding buildings and people of São Paulo. Barba reflects on the traces that history leaves on the landscape and urban environment, and suggests that these changes often only manifest themselves in a society’s subconscious.