Miguel Rio Branco: An Aperture Monographby Miguel Rio Branco, David Strauss, Sebastiao Salgado, Lelia Wanick Salgado
Miguel Rio Branco, an Aperture Monograph. Preface by L�lia Warnick Salgado and Sebasti�o Salgado; Essay by David Levi Strauss. The deep, succulent color of Miguel Rio Branco's images reflects the richness and complexities of contemporary Latin America; Rio Branco has received wide acclaim for his projects on boXers, Brazilian children, and Cuba. Through his masterful layering of color and light, Rio Branco reveals hidden and forbidden segments of his surroundings, illuminating the unspoken and the instinctual. By focusing on the textures of fur and feathers, the flesh of slaughtered animals, or languid human bodies, he reveals the cultural complexities around him and provides a provocative vision of Latin America. Drawn from thirty years of work, these photographs display the talent for visual construction that Rio Branco utilized in his direction of more than twenty films, and currently utilizes in his remarkable installations. Author, poet, and art commentator David Levi Strauss notes that "Rio Branco's colors seep out of their borders like bodily fluids, staining and contaminating everything around them. Bodies, bindings, wounds, and walls are wet with color. Even his mirrors bleed. Rio Branco's is an art of contamination, contagion, and corrosion, but also of resistance and transcendence." Miguel Rio Branco's photographs and films are included in many of the important collections around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and The Walker Art Center. He lives in Rio di Janeiro. ApproX. 145 fourcolor and blackandwhite images, 9 1/2 X 11 1/2, 144 pages. Hardcover.
"Miguel Rio Branco's selftitled monograph finds the worldsplashed with luscious color and light, bloody but unbowed. His specialty is beauty in extremisvisceral pictures of the slaughterhouse, the whorehouse, and the boXing ring that are theatrical, disturbing, exciting, and often bathed in hellish reds or lost in inky shadows. Bodies gleam with sweat and a funky eroticism; passion simmers and sours, Rio Branco, passing no judgements, takes us inside the of the world and stuns us with its ugly brilliance."
Vince Aletti, The Village Voice
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