Handmade woollen knitwear and crochet, industrial acrylic knitwear, fabrics, ornaments, polystyrene, polyester, steel wire ropes

Maximum height: 8 to 10 meters Maximum length: 10 meters

The work Contamination, produced using found or hand-made objects, is an organic composition, a collection in bright colours and all shapes and sizes, in dialogue with the architecture of the places where it is installed, with viewers present alongside the other pieces in the exhibition.

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos and her assistants have been developing Contamination since 2008, adding new elements from their travels with each new exhibition. The key concept is proliferation, like the propagation of a virus, adapting to each environment where the work is installed. Contamination is positive: any colour, shape or texture is permitted. Vasconcelos also restores sewing, knitting and crochet to the ranks of artistic expression in this piece where every detail is precisely worked.

The artist’s work in the Pinault Collection was first presented at the Palazzo Grassi at the "Le Monde vous appartient" (“The World Belongs to You”) exhibition (2011-2012).