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Corpus Delicti

1992/2006
20th-21st century

Jac Leirner (São Paulo, Brazil, 1961 - ) Primary

Object Type: sculpture
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Brazilian
Medium and Support: Three boarding passes, two ashtrays, cutlery, and metal cord
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Susman Collection, 2009
            
               Accession Number:                2009.13             
            
Object Description: In the early 1990s, Jac Leirner collected objects from her many airplane trips, including napkins, cutlery, baggage tags, boarding passes, ear plugs, and ashtrays. She then ordered these objects into a series of works called "Corpus Delicti," a legal term in Latin meaning the concrete evidence of a crime. This string of connected objects functions as a travelogue of Leirner’s journeys. It also documents her struggle to quit smoking and her obsessive and sometimes illegal acquisition of materials, as in the case of the ashtrays and cutlery. For Leirner, the works “convey a history, with the idea of transgression imprinted on them.” They are removed from one circuit and are consecrated by another, changing from airplane accoutrements to works of art.

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