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Léo Corrêa

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Léo Corrêa

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, BR

On September 2, 2018, a fire razed the oldest scientific institution in Brazil to the ground. Thoroughly neglected and underfunded by government authorities for years, the Museu Nacional da Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, associated with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, was considered among the most important museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. In what way does such a fire mobilize our unconscious? How does it shape our imagined futures? The blaze ravaged not only the historical building but more devastatingly destroyed a still unknown yet significant amount of the twenty million objects held within. The widespread destruction caused irreversible damage to the museum’s documentary collections, including ethnological artifacts of the original inhabitants of the region, and recordings of languages no longer spoken. The Bendegó meteorite is among the very few survivors of the catastrophe.

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“A meteorite on exhibit is seen inside the entrance of the National Museum after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Firefighters dug through the burned-out hulk of Brazil’s National Museum on Monday, a day after fire gutted the building, as the country mourned the irreplaceable treasures lost and pointed fingers over who was to blame.”, 3.9.2018, wallpaper – exhibition print, courtesy picture alliance/AP Photo

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