the reading box, the moon, misfortunes and crimes
'The Reading Box, The Moon, Misfortunes and Crimes' is Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander's fifth exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery. The exhibition includes the artist's first four-channel projection, a new site-specific installation, collages and a group of her iconographic 'Ex-voto' paintings.
Neuenschwander's unique practice draws on the history of Latin American conceptualism to investigate phenomena that lie just outside our collective field of vision. Each work begins with a particular cultural idea - a game, a religious offering or a childhood memory - that is then dissected and reborn in Neuenschwander's unique style. The works in this exhibition examine the role of memory in culture, particularly how trauma and memories of conflict are connected to the present. In doing so the artist addresses the current state of the world, and makes suggestions about the form that fear and conflict might take in the future. With fervent and analytical curiosity, the artist continues her uniquely humanist project in which local scenarios and global ideas come together in powerfully engaging works.