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Rivane Neuenschwander

Rivane Neuenschwander’s interest in chance takes center-stage in her videos, works on paper,

photographs, and installations. Influenced by the Neo-Concrete movement of the late 1950s and

early 1960s in her native Brazil, Neuenschwander challenges art’s formal and conceptual limits

through the use of many different mediums. In the ongoing project Eu Desejo o seu Desejo

(I Wish Your Wish) (2003-), visitors are invited to take fabric ribbons printed with the desires of

people from different locations. According to the tradition at the church Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

in São Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where the idea for making the wish ribbons originated, the ribbon

is tied around the wrist, and once it falls off or breaks away, the wish comes true. The work has

several layers of meaning, addressing the passage of time, the dissolution of physical boundaries,

and the notion of reciprocity, since viewers who wear the ribbons theoretically help a stranger’s

wish come true.