The photographs reproduced on the postcards in this work depict locations throughout Brazil—including motels, bars, churches, and stores—that are named after foreign continents, countries, regions, and cities; these include the seemingly incongruous Alaska, Baghdad, China, Jerusalem, Las Vegas, and Tokyo. While postcards typically represent the touristic desire to capture an “authentic” local experience, Rivane Neuenschwander’s images document the artist’s travels throughout Brazil while reflecting the desire of local communities to identify with an increasingly globalized culture.


  • Title: Mapa-Múndi/BR (Postal)
  • Creator: Rivane Neuenschwander
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: post cards 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) each; installation 35 1/2 x 102 1/2 inches (90 x 260) overall; edition 5/6
  • Rights: Copyright: Rivane Neuenschwander
  • External Link: Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
  • Medium: Endless quantity of 65 printed postcards on wood shelves

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