Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photographs by Miguel Rio Branco in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s participating gallery program, in which the artist will present a selection of works from the Out of Nowhere series. Rio Branco is renowned for his dramatic use of color and the intimacy and complexity of his subject matter: direct, often brutal photographs of marginalized communities in Brazil. His photo-essay, Out of Nowhere, delves inside the Santa Rosa Boxing Academy in Rio de Janeiro, where former prostitutes, street youths, and people of all backgrounds would flock to train. The photographs, which were originally captured in the early 1990s and were first exhibited under the title Out of Nowhere at the 1994 Havana Bienal, depict the boxers at the academy while focusing on the pervading transcendental atmosphere of the space rather than the individual subjects.
Miguel Rio Branco lives and works in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work cuts across the worlds of cinema, photography, photojournalism, and social and political criticism. His photographs and films are included in such esteemed collections as the Centre Georges Pompidou, SFMOMA, the Walker Art Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has had numerous solo and group shows internationally, including Miguel Rio Branco: When I die I will take nothing, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (2017), Miguel Rio Branco: Gritos Surdos, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015), the 34th Panorama of Brazilian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Made in Brazil, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); and Out of Nowhere, a retrospective survey with nine installations, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands (2006). 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.