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Miguel Rio Branco. Photographs 1968-1992

60 min visit

Paris
Le Bal
16 Sep → 6 Dec 2020
Thursday to Sunday from 12 pm to 7 pm. Wednesday until 8pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.

« See Latin America in a different light! »

Twenty-four years old. This is the duration of Miguel Rio Branco's first period of artistic creation. Between 1968 and 1992, the Brazilian artist searched for himself and finally found himself! At the age of 20, he moved to New York where he lived in the poor neighborhoods of the melting pot city. He befriends the Brazilian Helio Oiticica, a multidisciplinary artist; but also Gordon Matta Clark who cuts geometric shapes in sections of ruined buildings. On his return, he lived with emerald researchers in the Northeast and then went to Bahia, where he lived in extreme poverty. It is here that Miguel Rio Branco will take the majority of his photographs: bodies of prostitutes or men, the very close shots of these shots highlight the details of their daily life. We are then free to imagine the history of these photographs and the captured characters, however well anchored in reality. Miguel Rio Branco is a major figure of contemporary art in Brazil. He is known internationally for his multimedia installations, his short films but also his paintings. Here we discover his unique photographic work.

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