When I’m abroad and I tell people that I come from Brazil, they almost immediately assume I live my life surrounded by ever–green forests, close to nature and truly connected to the environment. I wish (or maybe not).
Living in a big Brazilian city, I find that I lead a much more urban life than most Europeans and Americans I know. Big cities in this country (and I dare to say in most developing tropical countries) were not built and did not grow with much of a thought for nature behind their expansion. Stupid authorities – and sadly many inhabitants too – used to think that progress was basically connected to concrete and asphalt. And, since we live in a huge country mostly unexplored, no one seemed to care about the green. It was just a matter of taking a car/bus/whatever and two hours later you’d be immersed in nature.
Not so much anymore. Though environmentally friendly development has finally become a major concern here, lives lived like mine, in metropolises, have become very city-focused. It is as if we took nature for granted.
Working with discarded films and almost broken cameras, this São Paulo-based photographer examines the relationship city citizens have with its crowdedness, its trash and the consequences of intensive urban-living.
His use of materials considered useless or inappropriate by others is what makes his work philosophy so appealing. Other artists have used trash in their creations, but using it as a tool is something that sounded quite interesting to me.
As I always say, I’m all for breaking stereotypes.