Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rivane Neuenschwander

I went to IMMA to check out the work of the internationally admired Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander the exhibition covers a decade of her work. A Day Like Any Other highlights her unique contribution to the narrative of Brazilian Conceptualism and reveals her wide ranging, interdisciplinary practice that merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions and participatory events.

I didn't know anything about her work before I saw the exhibition, and when I walked in to the installation 'the conversation' I knew immediately what the work was referencing. “The Conversation” is titled after Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 movie starring Gene Hackman as a paranoid surveillance expert.

“The Conversation” (2010, installation), has an intriguing back story. Before her show opened, Ms. Neuenschwander hired a private security firm to “bug” a section of the gallery. She then hunted for the tiny listening devices by ripping up the carpet and wallpaper. Visitors can survey the trashed room and listen to the sounds of Ms. Neuenschwander’s search through small speakers attached to the original surveillance points.

I also did work referencing this film.