The battle of images, from photography to live streaming
The fragmented bodies, the mechanical devices, the dark background with dots of light, all establish a calculated and mysterious atmosphere, as if we were immersed in a robotic or space experience. The use of photography gives veracity to the work and gives even an unlikely situation a documentary feel when photographed.
Embedded with the demonstrators, the young reporters provided thousands of viewers with a distinct perspective of the same event.
The impact was tremendous. In a brief time, the traditional press was consigned to the position of a blundering pachyderm, unable to keep up with the news as it developed.
The Mask, the Gesture, the Paper
Sofia Borges’ photographs are the result of a period she spent in Brasília in February 2017, when she photographed what was going on in the Brazilian Congress, at a time when the actions of Congress and the Senate were weighing more heavily on the political scene.
Postcards to Charles Lynch
Brazil boasts a shameful number of lynchings, many of which are documented and reproduced in photographs and videos. Perplexed by this situation, the Garapa collective decided to focus on these images.
They spent months of excruciating work researching Brazilian videos on YouTube.
Jonathas de Andrade
Between 1950 and 1951, researchers coordinated by anthropologist Charles Wagley, from Columbia University, Thales de Azevedo, from the University of Bahia, and Luiz de Aguiar da Costa Pinto, from the University of Brazil (current UFRJ), carried out field studies in three communities to understand the economic, political, cultural and psychological factors that influenced race relations.
The project valued the community studies as a way of addressing complex social situations, matching empirical investigation with interpretative theories. Photography had a special role amongst the different research
tools. During the visits to the villages, photographs of men and women considered white, mulatto, black or mixed-race were shown to the inhabitants, who were asked to select those which showed “most, less, or least of a given attribute.”
The survey chose six attributes – wealth, beauty, intelligence, religiosity, honesty, and fitness for the job – and analyzed the results. They also asked standard questions: “Would you accept this person as a neighbor?” “Would you invite this person to dinner?” “Would you accept this person as a brother or sister-in-law?”
With the book in his hands, Jonathas de Andrade walked the streets of various Brazilian cities photographing people of different types in all sort of poses, some spontaneous, others posed. Between 2016 and 2017, he set up his portable studio in São Paulo, Maranhão, and Bahia, and produced hundreds of portrait photographs, ranging from full body shots to 3×4s. The portraits were then grouped and printed on
cheap cardboard, of the type used by stores to display full-sized images of celebrities and products.
BODY AGAINST BODY
The battle of images, from
photography to live streaming
An exhibition by Instituto Moreira Salles Paulista, 2017
Artists: Bárbara Wagner, Garapa, Letícia Ramos, Sofia Borges, Mídia Ninja, Jonathas de Andrade
Curators: Thyago Nogueira e Valentina Tong (assistant)