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Cao Guimarãe's first solo exhibition in New York on view at Galeria Nara Roesler
Installation view. Photo: Adam Reich, Courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

NEW YORK, NY.- Galeria Nara Roesler is presenting Cao Guimarãe´s first solo exhibition in New York at Galeria Nara Roesler´s recently inaugurated New York space.

The exhibition has been curated by Moacir dos Anjos, the editor of Guimarães´s first monograph Cao (published by APC and Cosac Naify, November, 2015) and the curator of his mid-career survey at Itau Cultural in 2014.

The gallery show consists of 8 very rarely seen films by Guimaraes, focusing on a body of work that centers around children and the elderly. The 8 films on view in this exhibition were all shot in various film mediums and sizes. The artist asserts, through these films, that adulthood does not exist and is simple a period full with memories of what has passed and expectations of what is to come. Contrary to adulthood, childhood and old age are free from the obsession with the chronological passing of time. Guimaraes chooses to capture these two periods of a person’s life in this selection of films. Created at different times, all of these films offer incomplete, unfinished narratives, leaving it up to the viewer to imagine potential developments based on their own unique stories.

Films such as Da janela do meu quarto (From the window of my room, 2004) and Peiote (Peyote, 2007), portray childhood as a time when one ignores the norms and boundaries that govern bodies in the adult world. Situations, devoid of rules of conduct and full of uncertainty about how to proceed, suggests childhood as a time in life when all futures are possible. On the other hand, in films such as Reza (Prayer, 2016) and Lero lero (Chit Chat, 2016), the artist sets his sights on those whose lives have spanned several decades. These people have certainly let go of the plans they once had, and instead focus their attention on the moments of their lives they still enjoy.

Considered to be one of Brazil’s most prolific contemporary artist, Cao Guimarães works in the intersection of cinema and the visual arts. Producing films since the late 80s, the artist has been collected by prestigious names such as Tate Modern (United Kingdom), MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum (USA), Fondation Cartier (France), Colección Jumex (Mexico), Inhotim (Brazil), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Spain) and others. He has participated of important exhibitions such as XXV and XXVII São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; Insite Biennial 2005, Mexico; Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, USA; Tropicália: The 60s in Brazil, Austria; Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Programme, United Arab Emirates and Ver é Uma Fábula, Brazil, a large mid-career survey with most of the artist’s works exhibited in Itaú Cultural, Brazil.

He is the author of 9 feature films: The Man of the Crowd (2013), Otto (2012), Elvira Lorelay Alma de Dragón (2012), Ex It (2010), Drifter (2007), Accident (2006), The Soul of the Bone (2004), Two Way Street (2002) and The End of the Endless (2001).

Cao Guimarães has been invited to display his films at renowned international film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Venice, Rotterdam and Berlin. In 2011, MoMA held a retrospective of his films and in 2014, BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Mexico’s Cinematheque also held retrospectives of his work. Cao Guimarães was born in 1965 in Belo Horizonte where he lives and works and has been represented by Galeria Nara Roesler since 2002.

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