Caio Reisewitz, Casa Canoas, 2013, C-print on Diasec, 70 7/8 × 99 1/4".

Caio Reisewitz

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

Caio Reisewitz, Casa Canoas, 2013, C-print on Diasec, 70 7/8 × 99 1/4".

The works in this survey of Caio Reisewitz’s photography, organized by Christopher Phillips, could be grouped into three categories: those that focused on the Brazil-based artist’s native country, on what he calls its “places of power”; those that focused on that nation’s rain forests, which have their own peculiar power; and those that focused on China, where he attends to people more than to places. In Brazil, Reisewitz sets up a contrast between old and venerable places of power, as in Ataide, 2008, which portrays the Saint Francis of Assisi church in the city of Ouro Preto, and new, sleekly modern places of power, such as the building in Ministério das Relações Exteriores (Palácio do Itamaraty) (Ministry of External Relations [Itamaraty Palace]), 2005. He shows us the entire ceiling of the church, where heavenly figures fill the space of a huge mural, and the empty halls

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