Rua do Vale de Santo António 50A, 1170-381 Lisboa
Wednesday to Saturday: 14:30-18:30
29/09 - 29/10/2022
Opening: 29 September, 22:00 - 00:00
Dayan de Castro, “Aere Perennius”
Gui Christ, “Fissura”
Lalo de Almeida, “Pantanal em Chamas”
Curadoria: Colectivo IANDÉ, Ioana Mello e Glaudia Nogueira
Given the theme of the Imago Lisboa Festival in 2022 Distúrbios, the IANDÉ Collective presents three Brazilian disturbances, seen through the eyes of three prolific young photographers. Dayan de Castro presents us with the never-ending problem of the agricultural project in Brazil’s tropical savanna, Gui Christ delves deep into the crevices of São Paulo’s “Cracolândia” and Lalo de Almeida photographs, beyond the document, the fire that devastated large areas of the Pantanal in 2020.
At first glance, these images seem profoundly unrelated. Dayan de Castro’s series “Aere perennius” (We are eternal) presents a vast landscape, wide horizons, the emptiness of a land used up to its last resource. That is also what Gui Christ shows us in his series “Fissura” (Fissure): wide horizons, ravaged faces - the portrait of a part of society that is "beyond the end". The photographer Lalo de Almeida follows the same path when he portrays, in his series “Pantanal em Chamas” (Pantanal in Flames), dead creatures and obliterated landscapes.
In the poignant images of the fires that devastated the Pantanal, in the usury of the Brazilian tropical savanna, or in the skin and eyes of people left to their own devices, what we see is a screaming Brazil, made of abandonment. The three disturbances presented, located in three specific Brazilian ecosystems, speak of us all. What connects the work of these three photographers is a common responsibility in the face of ecological, social and political anomalies. It is an alarm made of imagens, the denunciation of the State’s irresponsibility but also that of the collective. And so we join them. Because it is our engagement to fight for a change capable of sustaining more balanced ways of living, dignified and sustainable.
The photos are curated by Glaucia Nogueira, founder of IANDÉ, and Ioana Mello, curator and partner of the association. IANDÉ is an international cultural association that supports, strengthens and promotes the visibility of Brazilian photography in Europe. We aim to establish a dialogue, to multiply perspectives and interpretations and thus contribute, through the power of images, to a democratic debate about the major current issues. IANDÉ, inclusive pronoun – we – in Tupi-Guarani is about building bridges and enriching dialogues.
©Dayan de Castro. Série: aere perennius: somos eternos, 2014 - 2019.
Dayan de Castro
Dayan de Castro (b. 1985) is a visual artist, born in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil). He currently lives and works in São Paulo (Brazil). He has a MFA and is completing a PhD in Visual Arts at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He has a graduate degree in Photography and has been developing authorial photography projects since 2008. In his projects, he is always guided by philosophy, literature, and the analysis of contemporary society. In each project, he searches for the support that will provide it with more substance. Thus, he has worked with different media such as: video, installation, photography applied to metal and historical processes developed in marble and wood. His works have been exhibited internationally: in 2018, "Sibila" was exhibited in a train station in Pinheiros, São Paulo (Brazil); "What's going on in Brazil" at the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles (France); in 2021, "Exposição Compartilhada" in Encontros Visuais Na Esquina do Brasil, in Natal; and in 2022, "Diversidade Brasileira" at the Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum (China).
Gui Christ is a photographer whose main focus is on the social and cultural peripheries of Brazil, both in his authorial projects and in his work for the main international media such as Time Magazine, The National Geographic Magazine, The Washington Post, Billboard and others. His work blends the narrative styles of photojournalism with a strong authorial language and a creative approach, breaking away with traditional visual patterns. That is why his first two books, “Marrocos” (“Morocco”), in collaboration with the Gringo collective, and “Fissura” (“Fissure”), were indicated as two of the best photobooks of Latin America. In 2019, Gui was nominated by the German magazine “European Photography”, in its special 40th anniversary issue, as one of the best documentary photographers of his generation. In 2020, he was the first Brazilian to receive a National Geographic Society scholarship, with a view to documenting the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, and in 2022, he was awarded a grant by the Pulitzer Center for the documentation of the Amazonian rainforest.
©Lalo de Almeida
Lalo de Almeida
Lalo de Almeida (b. 1970) studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan (Italy) and started his career working as a photojournalist for small agencies. In Brazil, he joined the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, where he worked for 27 years while also producing documentary projects, including O Homem e a Terra (Man and Land), about Traditional Brazilian Peoples and their relationship to the environment.
Form 2010 onwards, he has been producing short video documentaries and multi-media narratives, some of which have received international awards, such as Um Mundo de Muros (A world of walls), A Batalha de Belo Monte (The Battle of Belo Monte) and A Crise Climática (The Climate Crisis), among others.
In 2012, he was awarded the XII Marc Ferrez Prize by the National Foundation for the Arts with a view to producing a project about the social impact of the construction of the hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, in the Xingu River in Brazil. His essay on the victims of the Zika virus was awarded a prize at the World Press Photo Content 2017 and the video won first prize at POY Latam. In 2021, he was awarded the Eugene Smith Fund Grant and he was elected Latin-american photographer of the year by POY Latam. In 2022, he won the regional World Press Photo award for its work in Amazonia.