Talk & Book Signing
Miguel Rio Branco – Maldicidade
Wednesday, November 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join TASCHEN and the Consulate General of Brazil at Aperture for the launch of Miguel Rio Branco’s latest book, Maldicidade (TASCHEN, 2019). The evening will consist of an artist talk with Rio Branco and Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography School, followed by a cocktail reception.
In Maldicidade, the city never sleeps. By dawn or dusk, in New York, Havana, Tokyo, or Salvador, Brazil, it is an environment fraught with yearning, aching with solitude, and fretful with fortunes never made. This searing urban portrait from Rio Branco draws upon his itinerant early years, as the son of diplomats, to reveal the common threads of struggle and loneliness in metropolises around the world. Rio Branco focuses his camera on the city’s refuse and margins—on that which it has thrown away and on those it has cast aside and disappointed. In stark frames or soft impressions, it is street sleepers, beggars, prostitutes, stray dogs, smashed cars, and shattered glass that characterize his urban impressions.
Born in Las Palmas, Spain, Miguel Rio Branco is a Brazilian and French photographer, painter, filmmaker, and multimedia artist based in Araras, Rio de Janeiro. His work is featured in leading museum collections around the world—including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Centre Pompidou—and has been exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Bienal de São Paulo; and Aperture Foundation, New York, among other institutions. Rio Branco’s awards and prizes include the Prix du Livre Photo at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique, and International Critics’ Award at the 1982 Lille Documentary Festival.