Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of video and photography by internationally acclaimed artist Miguel Rio Branco. Works presented will include images from his prostitutes series of 1979 in the main space as well as a 20-minute video, whose title holds the same name as the exhibition, in the south gallery.
“Meat, flesh, saliva, sweat, and blood pour and ooze, have been spilled on the floor, ceiling, walls, lenses, eyes. It’s all deeply and painfully intense, enigmatic, rich, raw, dark, luscious, primal, primitive. Boxers, capoeristas, prostitutes, Native Brazilian Indians, poor kids and older men from the streets, horses, fishes, sharks, snakes, dogs, coconuts, fires, knives and blades, scars and tattoos, dead men, dead roses. It’s all profoundly black, blue, maroon, orange, yellow, but above all red. Red is all over the place, in the images, the subjects, the objects, the settings, the backgrounds and foregrounds, the filters, and lenses, the shadows and lights. The play with light is elaborate and dramatic, so difficult to pin down, to uncover, to unveil. It’s all about life, death, survival, sex, violence, politics, pleasure.” It is with these words that Adriano Pedrosa introduces his “Real Poetry” essay on Miguel Rio Branco’s work, published in Entre los ojos by the Caixa Foundation in 1999. These words hold true for his current exhibition.
Miguel Rio Branco’s work cuts across the worlds of cinema, photography, photojournalism, and social and political criticism. Rio Branco’s photographs and films are included in such esteemed collections as the Centre Georges Pompidou, the SFMoMA, the Walker Art Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His photography has been awarded the 1980 Great Prize of the First Triennale of Photography of the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil, and the 1982 Kodak de la Critique Photographique Award, Paris. He has had numerous one-person and group shows internationally, including his most recent exhibitions, Out of Nowhere, a retrospective survey with nine installations at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, and Dislecsia at the Noorderlicht Photogallery also in Groninger. Miguel Rio Branco has been a correspondent for Magnum since 1980 and his work has been published in magazines such as Aperture, National Geographic and Photo Magazine. Recently, Rio Branco has helped to illustrate, along with Mary Ellen Mark, Patrick Bard and Graciela Iturbide, the book Babel: A Film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, which companions the release of the major motion picture.