Rivane Neuenschwander at Stephen Friedmann Gallery
The Reading Box, The Moon, Misfortunes and Crimes is Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s fifth exhibition presented by the Stephen Friedman Gallery, in London. The artist’s work is in numerous collections around the world, and was recently included in group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); 14th Biennale de Lyon: Floating Worlds, France (2017) and many more.
The exhibition explores themes inspired by Latin American conceptualism, childhood memory and trauma inflicted by wars and conflicts. With fervent and analytical curiosity, the artist continues her humanist exploration in which local framework and global concepts merge in powerfully and emotionally-engaged collages, installations, paintings and videos.
In these, the artist addresses the current state of the world, and offers suggestions about the form that fear and conflict might take in the future.
Adjacent to the projection room is a series of new collages that further examine childhood fears and they are amazing. These are derived from children’s cut-outs made during a workshop at the Museu de Arte do Rio, as part of the artist’s recent solo presentation at the museum. Neuenschwander translated the images of scary beings into screen-prints, over which she has collaged coloured gel sheets.