Pigmented inkjet on cotton paper
Vanguarda Viperina (1985) is part of a set of works in which Tunga handles living beings, like in Laminadas Almas (2004). In it, we can see the black-and-white photo made by Lúcia Helena Zaremba of the performance held in 1985 at Instituto Vital Brazil, the institution responsible for producing antivenom.
Once sedated, three snakes were braided alternating tail/head/tail on one extremity and, consequently, head/tail/head on the other. Here, it becomes evident the interest of the artist in the relationship between three elements, composing a situation where ‘three is one:’ three snakes, three heads, three tails, one braid. This work became a reference in his production, being later represented in sculptures, drawings, and installations.