Presences is Cruz’s seventh solo exhibition at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York City. It is a selection of vintage gelatin silver prints from three projects: Faces of the Rainforest, The Water’s Way (O caminho das águas), and Roots (Raízes). Thus, three presences dominate this exhibition of photographs by Valdir Cruz.
Over the past three decades, Cruz has chronicled unique and ephemeral places in Brazil where the people and the landscapes create an indelible impression on the viewer. In the words of Spencer Throckmorton, “Valdir Cruz’s exquisite photography bears out Tolstoy’s observation that to be universal one only needs to talk about his own village.” Kraige Block, Executive Director of Throckmorton Fine Art says, “Valdir Cruz is as much an anthropologist as a photographer. The power of these images of Brazilian people, distinctive landscapes, and magnificent waterfalls opens a discussion about human societies and the environment.”
Cruz was born in Guarapuava, in the Southern State of Paraná, and while he has lived primarily in the United States for more than thirty years, much of his work in photography has focused on the people and landscapes of Brazil. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 for Faces of the Rainforest, a project documenting the life of indigenous people in the Brazilian rainforest from 1995 to 2000 as well as additional Guggenheim support with a publication subvention award in 2000. Since 1996 he has published ten photography books.
Cruz has been honored with more than fifty solo exhibitions. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX., and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., among others.
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Throckmorton Fine Art
145 E. 57th Street, 3rd Fl. New York, NY 10022 USA
December 07, 2017 to February 24, 2018