Miguel Rio Branco at Museu de Arte de São Paulo

July 18, 2017

Miguel Rio Branco, MASP

Miguel Rio Branco, installation view, When I Die I Will Take Nothing, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), 2017. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Miguel Rio Branco, MASP

Miguel Rio Branco, installation view, When I Die I Will Take Nothing, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), 2017. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Miguel Rio Branco

Miguel Rio Branco, Red Door, 1979, type-C photograph, 23-1/2 x 35-1/2 inches, 60 x 90 cm, edition of 15

Miguel Rio Branco

Miguel Rio Branco, Untitled, 1979, type-c photograph, 23-1/2 x 35-1/2 inches, 60 x 90 cm, edition of 15

Miguel Rio Branco

Miguel Rio Branco, I WON'T TAKE ANYTHING WITH ME WHEN I DIE, THOSE WHO OWE ME SOMETHING WILL PAY ME IN HELL., 1970-1981, single-channel video, color, sound, 19 min. 38 sec., dimensions variable

Miguel Rio Branco is the subject of a solo exhibition, When I die I will take nothing, at Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil. The exhibition features 61 photographs from the series Maciel, produced in 1979 in the neighborhood of Maciel, an area known for prostitution, in the district of Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia. This is the largest presentation of the series to date, with a selection of the works in the show being exhibited for the first time.

 

Whn [sic] I die I will take nothing, those who owe my [sic] I will charge in hell is a phrase that Rio Branco captured on a wall inside a house in Maciel. This prophetic sentence offers important insight into the world of this area of Pelourinho, abandoned for decades by public officials and known for being a site of prostitution and criminality and home to marginalized populations. For months, Rio Branco frequented Maciel, establishing an affinity for the people he portrayed there. Rio Branco made a pact with the people he portrayed that the images would not be shown in Salvador, thus ensuring a more intimate relationship and allowing the proud and resolute attitudes of his subjects to shine through in the photographs.

 

When I die I will take nothing is curated by Adriano Pedrosa with Tomás Toledo and Rodrigo Moura. It will be on view through October 1, 2017.