Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Talisman, 2008



MATERIALS:  2500 keys to the Ciccillo Matarazo Pavilion, exchange booth, contract, 2500 visitor's keys.

    Talisman is based in an exchange that in the end can hardly escape being merely symbolic. Members of the public can receive a key to the front door of the biennial venue - the historic and iconic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavillion in São Paulo. Each person receiving one of these keys must leave behind a copy of one of their own keys. In addition, they must sign a contact that establishes an agreement between themselves, the curators, the artist and the São Paulo Biennial Foundation. This charter also limits their behavior if they choose to use the key and come in after hours.