Artist Projects

Book of Roofs


Josely Carvalho

Book of Roofs is a media/installation project that includes an interactive website and digital video installations. Beginning as conceptual sculptural book art, it consists of a video installation using a truckload of 3,000 clay roof tiles, arranged in repeating patterns upon which digital video images are continuously projected. The Internet is the site of Book of Roofs as an interactive project, allowing a multiplicity of voices organized through a database process to collect a non-linear narrative of experiences, metaphors and thoughts on dwelling. Carvalho works with the concept that architecture is part of everyone’s personal history and shelter is an extension of one’s body. An ongoing project, Book of Roofs has continued to be shown through new sculpture/sound/video/printmaking/photography installations such as Disenchanting Salmu a water sculpture installation about the looting and destruction of archeological sites in Iraq due to the present war. The present work incorporates smells as a protagonist in the installations.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Diary of Smells: Nidus Vitreo, an iteration of Book of Roofs, is exhibited at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 2008: Book of Roofs: Whitish Territories is exhibited at Valu Oria Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2007: Book of Roofs: Desencantando Salmu is exhibited at Octógono, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil

  • 2006: Book of Roofs: Between the Roof Tiles is exhibited at Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Juazeiro, Brazil

  • 2004: Book of Roofs is exhibited at Museu de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 2003: Book of Roofs (Elias’s nest) exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, Brazil