makeshift dwellings made uninhabitable by carlos no makeshift dwellings made uninhabitable by carlos no
sep 29, 2013

makeshift dwellings made uninhabitable by carlos no

makeshift dwellings made uninhabitable by carlos no
‘weekend’, 2012
moto tricycle, wood, PVC plate, glass, nylon rope and springs clothing
295 x 225 x 125 cm
photo © susana dinis




portuguese artist carlos no‘s series of sculptural works ‘villa bidão’ (braggart city) draw attention to societal issues such as poverty and deprivation, particularly the lives of billions of people without access to housing or drinking water. the improvised dwellings made from makeshift and recycled materials lack a stable framework and basic sanitation, recall the idea of a shanty town as a place unsuitable for habitation. through their metaphorical undertones — huge barrels evocative of a heavy burden and worn materials personifying neglect, the objects present subjects of scarcity and exclusion through visual artworks. one exhibited sculpture titled ‘weekend’ is a rusty motor tricycle with a wooden house on top, reminiscent of a caravan. the piece is intended as an ironic message, as its name ‘weekend’ references a society which has access to rest and leisure, while the conditions of the construction are run-down, summoning the impression of poor living conditions.



‘bidonville’, 2011

wheelbarrow and plastic cans

103 x 300 x 67 cm
photo © josef kaempf



‘pillar’, 2011
bicycle, bricks and wooden box

228 x 50 x 102 cm
photo © josef kaempf



  • What a load of rubbish, it’s thanks to people like Carlos Nogueira that have made me completely loose interest in art, what was a precise, patient & creative skill has seemingly been taken over by people that throw absolute rubbish together and claim it to have a meaning. I am very disappointed that this has appeared on designboom.

    Bob Smith says:
  • Dear Bob Smith,

    Despite you, unfortunately, don’t appreciate the works I have produced I need to call the attention for one thing in a way to avoid any mistakes in future.
    The artist o did these works was me – Carlos No – and not my dear colleague, the Portuguese sculpture Carlos Nogueira.
    Hoping your words didn’t bring to him any prejudice, stay with my cordial regards,
    Carlos No

    Carlos No says:
  • Ohh Mr Bob, I’m so so pity you don’t like, or understand, art anymore. So pity! (sniff) The world must now be so much poor with such big lost…
    A.Christine Vaughan

    A.Christine Vaughan says:
  • In the 1st half of the last Century there was a guy in Europe who said exactly the same as you, Mr. Smith, about some kind of artworks (like those created by his contemporaries from Bauhaus’s school, for exemple) that he cannot accept or understand: “art load of rubbish”. His name was Adolf Hitler.

    Thank you Designboom, to share this and other articles with us in this opened web magazine.


    Maria Lucinda says:

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