Rivane Neuenschwander investigates nature, language, time, and chance in a practice that spans performance, video, painting, and installation. Born and raised in Brazil, her work is informed by the art movements of that country, particularly Neo-Concretism, with its emphasis on collective participation. In her videos, she engages viewers in complex yet understated narratives and scenarios that reference everyday life in Brazil and playfully imbue the mundane with a sense of the poetic. Her works often combine elements of the natural world with those common to human social interactions.
In Neuenschwander’s video Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (Ash Wednesday/Epilogue), made in collaboration with artist Cao Guimarães, ants––insects so tiny they often seem inconsequential––become the protagonists of a captivating journey. Shot on Ash Wednesday, after the end of Brazilian Carnival, the video follows a colony of leafcutter ants as they traverse the rough terrain of a forest floor, transporting pieces of colored confetti to their underground nest. The video is set to a digitally composed soundtrack that blends ambient natural sounds with the sound of matchsticks dropping onto the floor, which enhances the meditative quality of the diligent labor that unfolds.
Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) received her BA in fine art from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and her MA from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Museu de Arte do Rio; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio; Colby College, Waterville, Maine; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; South London Gallery; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; among others.
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