Cao Guimarães & Rivane Neuenschwander


Quarta Feira de cinzas (Ash Wednesday)
6’00” | 2006


Cao Guimarães was born in Belo Horizonte in 1965 and now lives and works in Belo Horizonte.
He works on the crossing between the cinema and the visual arts. With intense production 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 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 huge retrospective with most of the artist’s works exhibited in Itaú Cultural, Brazil.
Cao is the author of nine 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 works at renowed international film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Sundance, Venice, Rotterdam and Berlin.
In 2011, MoMA held a retrospective of his films. In 2014, BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Mexico’s Cinematheque also held retrospectives of his work.
He is represented by Galeria Nara Roesler in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Xippas Galerie (Paris and Montevideo).

Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) earned a BA in fine arts from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, in 1993 and an MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 1998, where she was artist-in-residence from 1996–98. In her installations, film, and photography, Neuenschwander employs fragile, unassuming materials to create mesmerizing aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as “ethereal materialism.”
Neuenschwander has frequently collaborated with filmmaker Cao Guimares on projects such as Inventory of Small Deaths (Blow) (2000) and Quarta-feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (2006).

After the Brazilian carnival, in the melancholy aftermath of Ash Wednesday, the ants begin their own profane, multicolored feast to the rhythm of matchbox samba.