Caio Reisewitz, The Changing Brazilian Landscape

United States, written by Jonas Cuénin

Caio Reisewitz, Aspiculelta, 2012. Courtesy Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo. © Caio Reisewitz.

The first major U.S. solo exhibition of noted Brazilian photographer Caio Reisewitz is currently on view at the International Center of Photography. During the past two decades, Reisewitz has produced a compelling body of color photographic work that explores the rapidly changing relationship between urban and rural in modern-day Brazil. His images draw attention to the challenge the nation’s economic development now poses to its lush natural environment and rich architectural heritage.

Organized by ICP curator Christopher Phillips, the exhibition Caio Reisewitz will present a selection of the artist’s works made between 2003 and 2013. The show will feature a group of meditative architectural interiors that reflect Reisewitz’s fascination with Brazil’s colonial heritage as well as the accomplishments of the country’s 20th-century modernist architects, symbolized by a photograph of a bookstore, entitled “Real Gabinete Portugês de Leitura.” A section devoted to large-scale color photographs depicts the largely untouched rainforests that are now endangered by Brazil’s explosive economic growth. The exhibition also highlights Reisewitz’s recent handmade photo collages in which images of urban environments are embedded in scenes presenting the green expanses of Brazil’s forests. Most of these works were made within a few hundred miles of São Paulo, in remnants of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) that once blanketed Brazil’s east coast.

Reisewitz’s photographs employ a playful, jazz-like approach while making use of the pictorial tradition of landscape photography. This visually pleasing exhibition addresses contemporary questions of high importance for Brazil, especially as the country confronts the social ramifications of its sweeping preparations for the imminent World Cup and the Olympic Games in Summer 2016.


Caio Reisewitz
International Center of Photography ICP
Until September 7th, 2014
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New York, NY 10036
United States
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