Rivane Neuenschwander: In Conversation


  • Whitechapel Gallery Schools Workshop25.3.15©Richard Eaton 07778 395888

    Capes designed during children’s ‘fears’ workshop with Rivane Neuenschwander ©Richard Eaton

Past Event

This event was on Thurs 16 July, 7pm

Prompted by ideas arising from the current Children’s Commission, The Name of Fear, the artist, Rivane Neuenschwander discusses her interest in psychoanalysis, childhood, and performativity with psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose.

In her installations, film, and photography, Neuenschwander employs fragile, unassuming materials to create mesmerizing aesthetic experiences, a process she describes as ‘ethereal materialism’.


Rivane Neuenschwander 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. Neuenschwander’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at venues including Portikus, Frankfurt (2001); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2010). Neuenschwander has also participated in the group exhibitions Panorama de Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna de So Paulo (2001); Land, Land!, Kunsthalle Basel (2003); Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); Comic Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); The Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008); and Yes Naturally, how art saves the world, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague and Niet Normaal Foundation, Utrecht, Netherlands (2013). She has also participated in the Istanbul Biennial (1997); So Paulo Biennial (1998, 2006, and 2008); Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005); and Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2008). In 2004, she was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and in 2013, she was awarded the Yanghyun Prize by the Yanghyun Foundation in South Korea. Neuenschwander lives and works in London and Belo Horizonte.



Anouchka Grose is a British-Australian Lacanian psychoanalyst and writer. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, where she lectures. Her journalism has been published by The Guardian, The Independent, and YOU Magazine. Before training as a psychoanalyst, she studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College and was a guitarist and backing vocalist with Terry, Blair & Anouchka (with Terry Hall of The Specials). She has worked with the French-British artist Alice Anderson, writing about her work, interviewing her, and composing and performing music for her film, The Night I Became a Doll. She also plays lap steel guitar with Martin Creed’s band.

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