Belo Horizonte, 1967; lives in Londres, Inglaterra
photographs c-print mounted on aluminum
In keeping with the title, in Conversations [Conversações, 2002] Rivane Neuenschwander gathers images as if they were the result of a conversation held for hours on end, and which invariably led elsewhere. The objects that compose the scene whether tomatoes on a plate or breadcrumbs on the tablecloth denote not only the passage of time, but also interaction through the presence of interlocutors. Agreements, disagreements, notes of spontaneity or meticulously planned happenings, frivolousness and intensity are part of conversations and the experience of shared life. The images contain signs that point to the participation of other people, and the spectator, as often happens in the artists works, is invited to contribute with his/her own memories.
Neuenschwanders production makes a compilation of findings from the unconscious, or from everything among the banal, the imperceptible, or the unintentional. The artist collects gestures, memories, images or small ephemeral works and rearranges them under the sign of alphabets, maps, collections, calendars, or simply as a grouping of manifestations. In her research, Neuenschwander resorts to the environment of daily life as well as to popular knowledge and culture as a source from which she extracts simple expressions with creative power. The various supports present in her work, spanning from installation, film, and collage to photography, drawing and painting, also incorporate a wealth of languages, whose common thread is a strong poetic charge.