Contemporary Photography

Caio Reisewitz: “Não tem coisa certa”.

By April 23, 2008No Comments

Caio Reisewitz - Goiânia Golf Club, 2007.
Galeria Brito Cimino presents Não tem coisa certa, a solo exhibition of works by Caio Reisewitz. At this show, the artist brings before the public 18 photographic images that render his reflections on the landscape, the ever-changing natural environment, and their occasional encounters.

Caio Reisewitz is known for his studies about the São Paulo architecture as well as landscapes that seemingly were shot in the heart of the jungle but that, in fact, come from the vicinity of the city of São Paulo. In a way, his photographs evoke dreams that have materialized in the Brazilian territory, a land frequently cited for its prodigality and natural beauty.

Virgin forest, desert land, vegetation growing in man-made spaces and the humanized landscape are themes addressed at the exhibition. Thanks to the artist’s careful attention to details, viewers perceive the human influence in each of his photographs. Even though there is no person to be seen, the consequences of human actions are present through buildings or other interventions. Caio Reisewitz points out a before and an after in terms of nature: “whereas the ‘before’ challenges us with its virginity, the ‘after’ startles us by showing the mistakes we have made, which are also sublime and rather terrifying.”

At the show, five large-format photographs will embrace the spectator with their bulk, their texture and their rich details. In addition, 13 small- and medium- format works will be on display.

Caio Reisewitz was born in São Paulo and trained in Visual Communications at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado. In the early 1990s he attended the Fachoberschule für Gestaltung, of Darmstadt, and attained a degree from Kunstakademie Mainz. He worked directly with Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, two of the most important artists of the contemporary photography that had the Dusseldorf Academy as birthplace. He was awarded acquisition prizes at the 4th and 6th editions of the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia Salon in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and the Sérgio Motta Prize, in 2001. Reisewitz showed his work at biennial exhibitions such as at Biennial of the End of the World, in Argentina, and Biennial of Sport In Modern Art (BIDA), in Spain, in 2007. In 2006, he attended the 5th International Biennial of Photography in Liège, Belgium. In 2005, he integrated the Brazilian delegation to the Venice Biennale and he also showed, in 2004 and 2002 respectively, in the international biennials of São Paulo and Buenos Aires. His photographs have been shown in such museums and cultural centers as Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2002), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Goiás (solo exhibition, in 2003), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Beyond Delirious, Miami, USA, 2005), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Fotografia Brasileira Contemporânea, Berlin, Germany, 2006), Museu de Arte Contemporáneo (Alegoria Barroca en el Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile, 2006), in addition to showing solo during PhotoEspaña 2006 at Casa de América, in Madrid, Spain, and in the exhibition Portraits de Villes: Brasília, Chandigarh, Le Havre at Musée Malraux in Le Havre, France, in 2007.