[Full text is available in the catalogue Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil. The catalogue was published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name, presented at the Wexner Center for the Arts from February 1-April 20, 2014 and curated by Jennifer Lange, Bill Horrigan, and Paulo Venancio Filho. A film series, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, ran from January to April 2014 as a companion to the exhibition and then went on to tour the US throughout 2014. This is an excerpt from the artist entry for Cao Guimarães.]

Cao Guimarães

Uniquely comfortable in the gallery as well as the cinema, the films of Cao Guimarães encourage a peripatetic view of the world. They're evidence of an overarching philosophical worldview drawn from the ground-level observations of a curious solitary traveler. Although film and video have been the dominant media for Guimarães's art, he adroitly drifts into photography, books, and installations when appropriate. The subjects of his work can be so modest—the moment a soap bubble bursts or the billowing of colored tarps above a Mexico City market—that they can seem as ephemeral and elusive as the wind. But upon seeing a number of works, it's clear that, like the wind, Guimarães's vision is able to touch upon the smallest, most unnoticed aspects of our world and transform them into something beautiful and full of life….

[See catalogue for the full text.]

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