Rivane Neuenschwander

b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil | lives and works in London

In her installations, films, and photographs, Rivane Neuenschwander employs fragile, unassuming materials to create mesmerizing aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as “ethereal materialism.” In her 2007 work Mapa-Múndi/BR (Postal), photographs reproduced on postcards depict locations throughout Brazil—including motels, bars, churches, and stores—that are named after foreign cities, countries, continents, and regions; these include the seemingly incongruous Alaska, Baghdad, China, Jerusalem, Las Vegas, and Tokyo, reflecting the desire of local communities to identify with an increasingly globalized culture. When the work is on view, visitors are invited to take a postcard and post it.

Photo: Eduardo Ortega

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