Rivane Neuenschwander
Mapa Mundi BR (postal)

Mapa-Mundi BR (postal) is a set of wooden shelves holding postcards that depict locations in Brazil named for foreign countries and cities. When installed, viewers are invited to fill out and mail a postcard to any destination, an act which parallels the dissemination and global circulation of image, text, and the idea of place.


Rivane Neuenschwander’s work foregrounds its inventive use of materials, often altering and manipulating them in novel ways: snails eat through rice paper, fish carry pieces of love letters, and prayer ribbons leave on museum visitors’ wrists. All of her projects—which are comprised of photography, film, or installation—refer back to cycles of human interaction, consumption, and sentiment.