Caio Reisewitz

Text by Verónica Stigger (Porto Alegre, 1973), writer, art critic, curator and professor. 

 

On the 11 of March, we shall exhibit Recado de Mata, the fourth exhibition of Caio Reisewitz in Galeria Joan Prats. We present 11 photographs, a video, and an audio piece.

 

Caio Reisewitz has gathered many of the photographs of this exhibition together as a response to reading of books written by two great thinkers and indigenous leaders working in Brazil today: A queda do céu [The fall of heaven], by Davi Kopenawa with co-authorship from Bruce Albert, and Ideias para adiar o fim do mundo [Ideas to postpone the end of the world], by Ailton Krenak. The title of the exhibition furthermore lends itself from the preface written by anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro for Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s book who in turn alludes to the tale O recado do morro [The Message of the Hill], by Joao Guimarées Rosa. In the story a homeless man and a hermit warn the people of the region about a message they claim to have received from Morro da Garça (Hill of Garça) itself. In a group of 7 men, one of them is going to be killed by treason. In the preface Viveiros de Castro begins with the idea of an imminent death announced by nature, now not from the voice of the hill but through the voice of the jungle. The jungle warns us that it is being exterminated by man, this is the message that Caio Reisewitz attempts to convey though his photographs.

 

One of the most recent works presented in the exhibition by Caio Reisewitz is Ambé, whose title much like the other works displayed (excluding Penedo), refers to a place name of Tupí origin. Ambé is the name of a rural community 80km from the center of Macapá in Amapá however, in the Amazon region it also means that which is rugged, frizzy and rough. Much like the vast majority of Reisewitz’s works, in this photograph we are unable to distinguish human presence. We see only a thick tangle of branches, trunks and leaves characteristic of the Amazon rainforest. Nevertheless, the inability to distinguish human presence in the jungle does not mean it is uninhabited. The indigenous placename reminds us that for Amerindians the jungle is continuously full of a multiplicity of beings that remain invisible to us (…). By pasting fragments of different photographs, overlaying them, and re-photographing them with colour manipulation it provides the scene with a bluish tint. In Ambé, Reisewitz creates an unreal almost spectral environment, he shows an image of a dream or a vision of a shaman. Even without being able to see the invisible beings of the jungle we are still able to sense their presence (…).

 

Always concerned about man’s rampant exploitation of nature and its dire consequences, Caio Reisewitz, in photographs such as Tipioca and Upurupã, finds a way to make this message even more eloquent, more visible, overlapping, on the image of the forest, part of the architecture of the Palácio del Planalto (seat of Brazil’s federal executive power), which we can glimpse as a ghost or an apparition, floating menacingly. We must not ignore that this exhibition takes place at a time when the government under the current president Jair Bolsonaro. Jair Bolsonaro is an  admitted accomplice to the greatest devastation ever imposed on the Amazon and Pantanal in recent history. Deforestation reached its highest level since 2008, additionally,  there have been repeated attacks against the indigenous population, their territories and their given rights which were stipulated in the 1988 Constitution. In the last two years, several Brazilian cities including those in Southeast and South have been covered for days by smoke from the forestfires. It is no longer just a message, but a loud cry of help from the jungle.

 

 

 

Caio Reisewitz (São Paulo, 1967) lives and works in São Paulo. He is one of the most important photographers of Brazil, he has focused his work on the difficult relationship between nature and people. Recent individual exhibitions include: Biblioteca, Museo de Antioquia, Colombia (2018); Altamira, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2017); Ingenios de hoy, Photoespaña, Museo de Albacete (2016); Disorder, Maison Europeénne de la Photographie, Paris and Florestas, favelas e falcatruas, Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (2015); Caio Reisewitz, ICP – International Center of Photography, New York (2014). He has participated in Biennale de l’Image Tangible, Paris (2018); The Guangzhou Image Triennial (2017); Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil (2015 and 2013); Biennial Daegu Photo, South Korea (2014), Project LARA Latin American Roaming Artist, Colombia (2013), Nanjing Biennale (2010), Bienal del Fin del Mundo of Ushuaia, Argentina (2009 and 2007), Venice Biennale (2005) representing Brazil, and in São Paulo Art Biennial (2004). His work has been shown in international arts centers, such as Beijing Minsheng Art Museum; Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; MARCO, Vigo; CAAC, Seville;  MUSAC, León; Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Goiás, Goiania; Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Bahia; Casa da Imagem, OCA, São Paulo; CCBB, Rio de Janeiro and Grand Palais,Paris; amongst others.

 

 

end-of-year selection

During this time of year we want to celebrate the holidays with you.

 

We all know art is a great way of expressing human emotion, and what better gift to make on this time of the year than that?

 

When you buy pieces of art you are supporting artists and the cultural ecosystem as a whole.

 

Our gallery would be delighted to be part of this experience, that’s why we have made a very special 2020 Gallery Selection.

 

To discover all the pieces that compose this collection click here

Cabrita Cabinet d´amateur

Cabrita Cabinet d´amateur

CAC Málaga Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

15 de diciembre del 2020 al 14 de marzo de 2021

 

 

El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga presenta la exposición de pintura más importante del artista portugués Cabrita titulada Cabrita. Cabinet d´amateur, comisariada por Helena Juncosa.

 

La muestra está compuesta por más de 250 pinturas que recorren la trayectoria de cuarenta años de Cabrita como pintor, desde los años ochenta hasta la actualidad, mostrando la amplia variedad y las múltiples formas de su obra pictórica junto a cinco esculturas de bronce. 

 

Cabrita. Cabinet d´amateur debe ser entendida como una obra única, sin principio ni fin, construida sobre las diversas referencias incluidas en la obra pictórica del artista.

 

 

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bajo la superficie

Bajo la superficie (Miedos, Monstruos, Sombras)

Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque. Sala Bóvedas

11.12.2020 – 11.04.2021

 

Exposición colectiva, comisariada por Javier Martín-Jiménez, con obras de Teresa Solar entre otros.

 

 

La crisis sanitaria mundial ha derivado en una crisis existencial generalizada que obliga a reflexionar y a dudar sobre nuestra propia posición en el mundo y particularmente en la sociedad en la que vivimos. Cualquier pensamiento crítico genera dudas y preguntas necesarias para avanzar como individuos en la búsqueda de respuestas. Pero ese cuestionamiento puede derivar en conflictos internos. Mirar la realidad de frente no siempre es plato de gusto, es más cómodo mirarla por el rabillo del ojo para desviar la mirada rápidamente si algo nos perturba. Enfrentarse a ella es lo complicado porque hace aflorar a su vez muchas emociones normalmente escondidas.

 

Miedos, monstruos y sombras que se esconden bajo la superficie, que curiosamente no desaparecen nunca aunque se miren de soslayo. Por mucho que se tapen siempre están ahí, y se pueden convertir en una carga pesada.

 

La culpa, el miedo a nosotros mismos, el miedo a tener miedo.

 

Igual es momento de plantar cara al presente escenario y tratar de visibilizar esos sentimientos ocultos, invisibles o falsamente olvidados, mucho más comunes de lo que sospechamos.

 

 

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