One of Brazil's leading contemporary artists, Caio Reisewitz (Sao Paulo, 1967) has produced a remarkable body of work during the past 15 years, concentrating almost exclusively on Brazilian topics. His large-scale color photographs explore the changing relationship of the city and the countryside in a period of feverish economic development.

Many of his photographs testify his fascination with the architectural heritage of Brazil's colonial period, as well as its innovative 20th-century modernist architecture. Other imposing works portray the pristine landscapes and dense forests around his hometown of São Paulo—areas that are now threatened by urban sprawl.

Also, Caio Reisewitz’s work sets out to establish connections between the construction of what is real and the recording of what is artificial through photography. 

In his photomontages –in which the curator Fernando Cocchiarale detects traces of the Dadaist legacy Hannah Höch and Joaquim Reis– human beings can be present, but then again their statute appears in transfigured form. 

>> Jean-Luc Monterosso is the founder and director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, which was inuagurated in 1996. Recently, he co-founded (along with Dominique Goutard) Arte Video Night, a TV magazine on artists’ videos broadcasted on ARTE.

>> Nanda van den Berg is the director of Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography in Amsterdam. Since joining the museum she has curated leading exhibitions such as Viviane Sassen: In and out of Fashion (2012/2013), The Rediscovery of the World (2013) and Dancing Light: Let it move you (2014). 

Caio Reisewitz

Nanda van den Berg
Text by Nanda van den Berg/ Interview with Jean-Luc Monterosso
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