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(IN)Visible Emergencies in Protests in Latin America

The social, cultural and political emergencies of societies in the countries of the southern cone: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia throughout 2019. Curated by Cora Gamarnick, faces that have always visited tourist postcards and created the imaginary from this part of the planet they now appear in protests and confrontations with the State and show a protest above all with the face of the South American woman.

The narratives are in Portuguese. English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13. FestFoto Brazil – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – Digital


Republic of bananas

Several events around the globe seem to have put us in a state of suspension from reality. Logic is no longer the root of speeches, campaigns or worldviews. Many arguments distort or simplify realities that involve the sustainable development of this planet, the movement of vulnerable populations and many other topics that should be discussed in depth and not with slogans and ill-considered proposals.

Banana Republic is a response to this state of political and social disillusionment and disenchantment. The show’s surrealist realism is based on real facts, but extrapolated to the same level of fantasy as so many recent speeches. The state created by Shinji Nagabe finds itself under the grip of a cruel and populist dictator, while part of its people remains blind or building fragile facets accepted by this society, which quickly break down and reveal unacceptable aspects in this controlled environment. On the other side of this narrative is a rebellion that uses the same banana that blinds and censors to build its weapons and homemade bombs. This visceral, guerrilla response opens the way for direct confrontation with an absolutely backward and conservative view.

Central elements of the social and political transformations recently experienced in so many countries are present in the work: violence, extreme religiosity and a return to the control of customs in a marked setback in the guarantee of individual freedoms. In portraying this universe in a satirical way, Nagabe exposes its contradictions and connections with the reality we live in or fear to live in. The plunge into this fictitious republic and its acid tropical fantasy calls for a reflection on the role of each one in the directions chosen for our communities and those that we will still choose.

Felipe Abreu – Curator

The narratives are in Portuguese. English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13. FestFoto Brazil – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – Digital


The Mountain Message

In state of Minas Gerais, southeast of Brazil, it is not uncommon for a mountain to send some kind of message and the people who live among mountain ranges have their essence ingrained in their culture and are able to hear. Brazilian singer and song writer José Miguel Wisnik, in his recent book Machining of the World – Drummond and Mining (2018), suggests a dialogue between Brazilian writer Guimaraes Rosa and Brazilian poet Carlos Drumond de Andrade, born in Minas Gerais in the city of Itabira. In the mountains have a voice, both in O Recado do Morro and in the acclaimed poem A Máquina do Mundo, because they are a reservoir of immeasurable collective human experiences. It is not by chance that Brazilian mining is leitmotiv in the work of Drummond, who spent part of his youth with open windows to the inaugural scenario of the country’s mineral misfortune: Pico do Cauê. For the poet was perhaps the main voice to echo the cry emitted by the groups that were already expected future victims of the incipient history of national mineral extraction. This basic text was the compass for curator and photographer Rodrigo Zeferino for a special space dedicated to the territory of Minas at FestFoto 2020 within the exhibition core dedicated to territories. Bringing together works by photographers Julia Pontés, Pedro David and João Castilho, as well as Rodrigo Zeferino himself, the video exhibition takes us to the paths between mountains, predatory extraction, life diversions and the inevitable hole resulting from the extraction of wealth, which in this exhibition it shows itself in different layers of nature and human works.

The narratives are in Portuguese. English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13. FestFoto Brazil – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – Digital


Tupinamba Territory


The photographer from Rio de Janeiro, Zeca Linhares, researches the change in the lush landscape of Rio de Janeiro since the arrival of Europeans and the result that this arrival caused: the decimation of the original peoples – The Tupinambá – as well as the original vegetation, replaced by species brought by the model colonial.

The narratives are in Portuguese. English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13. FestFoto Brazil – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – Digital


Top 20 of FestFoto Call Part I


This video exhibition presents the works of the photographers selected in the FestFoto 2020 Call that becomes the Fotograma Livre 2020 exhibition. Part 1 shows ten of the 20 selected works.

The narratives are in Portuguese. English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13. FestFoto Brazil – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – Digital


Emergencies: from Personal to Universal


The video exhibition presents the works about the theme Emergencies: from Personal to Universal, where artists develop particular visual paths from personal and private contexts to bring universal feelings: “Amapola”, by Erick Peres, “When you leave, leave the door closed” , by Francine Lasevitch and “Home Tranparencies”, by Ilana Bar.


The narratives are in Portuguese.
English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

Start Point of video exhibitions 2020


“Farroupilha”, by André Penteado (Brazil) and “They are marking us”, by Chilean Cristóbal Olivares(Chile) are the two video exhibitions that initiate the path created by the curators of the digital version of FestFoto 2020, Carlos Carvalho and Sinara Sandri.

The speeches of the photographers are in Portuguese.
English subtitles must be activated on Youtube.

13 FestFoto – International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre
FestFoto 2020 – FestFoto Digital