This series, which began in early 2020 in São Paulo, is the second main part of Vincent Catala’s personal work in Brazil, after the completion of the “Rio, Invisible City” project (2013-2018).
The whole project, questioning the complexity of a country troubled for several years by doubts and a sense of disenchantment, will be completed in 2022, in the last months of the first mandate of Jair Bolsonaro.
The Stone Forest is what the people of São Paulo call their city, the economic lung of Brazil and a sprawling megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants. For the past few months, I have been developing a work there that echoes the one devoted to Rio, intertwining the notions of center and periphery, of “non-places” as strange as they are familiar, and of chance encounters that seem to be inhabited by their own inner exile, as an intimate and poetic echo to the country’s doubts. The coronavirus crisis haunts the first months of this project.