From a small favela in the heart of Sao Paulo to the depths of the Amazon, a photographic journey between documentary and poetry that questions the current situation in Brazil.
An exhibition to be discovered at the Galerie du théâtre and the Musée Museum départemental in Gap as soon as the cultural centres have reopened.
” Settled in Brazil for more than ten years, Ludovic Carème took the journey of those he photographed backwards. He began by drawing a portrait of the small favela of Agua Branca in Sao Paulo, and ended his journey in the Amazon, where those who dreamed of finding happiness in the megalopolis had left. Then, he regularly went to Agua Branca, to the plank shacks built over the sewers, and photographed, up close, in vibrant black and white, those who accepted his presence and gave him their faces. He also photographed the workers there on foot.
In 2012, he photographed the large buildings in the centre of the city that have been left fallow by speculative developers, modern and derisory ruins, revolting in a city where thousands of homeless people make these empty dwellings transformed into works of urban art by daring “Pixadores” even more intolerable. By abandoning the city for the depths of the Amazon, by continuing his work as a portraitist and by completing it with views, often sensual, of the forest, but also with clear observations of its deforestation, he continues the sensitive development of a documentary photography with solid classical foundations.
Dignified and slightly sad portraits, a lush forest, under attack from man, destroyed houses, the double movement that leads the poor to the cities and forbids them from the centres, everything is there, with restraint, with a form of poetry too. ”