Anna Bella Geiger
(b. 1933 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; lives in Rio de Janeiro)
Coming of artistic age in the era of Brazil’s NeoConcrete movement of the early 1960s, Anna Bella Geiger is one of the most original and influential voices of her generation. Often exploring themes of national identity, Geiger frequently turns to maps and the manipulation of cartography. In O Pão Nosso de cada dia (Our Daily Bread), six photographs reproduced on postcards document a piece of white bread that the artist has taken bites out of to create the outline of South America. Consisting of a paper bread bag in addition to the postcards, the piece takes on the problem of hunger and the tenuous stability of the continent during the turbulent 1970s.