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The limited-edition photograph Glass House II, Lina Bo Bardi, São Paulo, 2014, by Caio Reisewitz, illustrates the struggle between nature and the voracious human appetite to exploit. This visual dialogue has won Reisewitz international recognition as one of Brazil’s most significant photographers. One of his photographs was featured on the cover of Aperture magazine’s São Paulo Issue (Summer 2014), and a solo exhibition of his work is on view at the International Center of Photography, New York, until September 7, 2014.
His concentration on the landscape and architecture of Brazil, and the dichotomy of city and country, gives Reisewitz’s work a distinctive and recognizable character. His photographs emphasize the extraordinary abundance of Brazil’s natural environment and the history of its domestication. Featured in this photograph is one of Brazil’s iconic modernist residences, the Glass House, also known as the Casa de Vidro and designed by Lina Bo Bardi. Built in the Mata Atlântica, the rain forest surrounding São Paulo, the glass-walled house is set amid luxuriant vegetation that presses in on all sides. In photographs like this, Reisewitz shows his hope that nature and human culture may yet share common ground in Brazil.

Caio Reisewitz (born in São Paulo, 1967) studied at the Kunstakademie Mainz, Germany, before returning to Brazil to launch his photographic career. His work has been widely exhibited in Latin America and Europe, and he represented Brazil at the 2005 Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition titled Threatened Paradise. His photographs were recently featured in the landmark exhibition América Latina 1960–2013 at Fondation Cartier, Paris. Reisewitz is currently represented by Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, and Galerie van der Mieden, Brussels.

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