No próximo domingo (28), Jair Bolsonaro pode ser nosso próximo presidente e suas ideias são terríveis. Ele é um ditador fascista que irá governar apenas para as pessoas brancas e ricas. Duas pessoas já morreram durante essa campanha histórica por conta de crimes de ódio contra negros e LGBTQ+. Nossa jovem democracia passa por um momento realmente perigoso.
Acredito que o jornalismo tem muito poder enquanto ferramenta para manter a democracia viva. A mídia brasileira é bastante corrupta e nem sempre democrática, então a mídia independente deve agir para documentar o pior momento do Brasil depois da nossa ditadura (1964 - 1985). O mundo precisa saber o que está acontecendo no Brasil hoje através de olhos independentes.
On next Sunday (28), Jair Bolsonaro can be our next president and his ideas are terrible. He is a fascist and dictator, who will govern only for the white and rich people. More than 10 people already died during this historical campaign by hate crimes against transgender, black people and LGBTQ+. Our (young) democracy is passing through a really dangerous time.
I think journalism is very important now as a powerful tool to keep the democracy alive. The Brazilian media is very corrupt and not always democratic so the independent media must act to document the worst Brazilian phase after the dictatorship (1964 - 1985). The world must know what's going on in Brazil today through independent eyes.
Um muro eletrificado de três metros de altura separa a Reserva Indígena de Dourados do condomínio de classe média Ecoville Dourados Residence & Resort, na segunda maior cidade do Mato Grosso do Sul.
De um lado, a triste situação dos índios Guarani e Kaiowá, que vivem em uma reserva lotada e lutam há 100 anos para voltar aos seus tekohas (terras tradicionais). Do outro, a vergonhosa situação da classe média brasileira, cercada cada vez mais pela muralha da ignorância.
An electrified wall separates the Dourados Indigenous Reserve from the middle class condominium Ecoville Dourados Residence & Resort, in the second largest city of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
On one side of the wall, the sad situation of the Guarani and Kaiowá Indians, who live in a crowded reserve and have been fighting for 100 years to return to their tekohas (traditional lands). On the other side, the shameful situation of the Brazilian middle class, surrounded more and more by the wall of ignorance.
It’s a pleasure to announce my last group exhibition: “Manifestations”, about the 2013 protests in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. I was invited by the curator Sergio Moraes (chief of Reuters office in Brazil) to exhibit 13 images made during the coverage for Reuters between 2013 and 2014.
Ana Carolina Fernandes, Bárbara Dias, Luiz Baltar and Mauro Pimentel are also in this exhibition, which is taking place at Darcy Ribeiro Cinema School, Rio de Janeiro downtown, until September 30. If you will be in Rio in September, don’t waste the opportunity to check out (for free) more than 50 strong and beautiful pictures about this historical moment.
ESCOLA DE CINEMA DARCY RIBEIRO:
Rua da Alfândega, 5 - Centro, RJ.
Monday - Friday / 11am to 8pm
On August 4th Caucher Birkar, 40, Kurdish refugee and professor at Cambrigde, received the second gold Fields Medal. The first was stolen minutes after he received, on August 1st, in Rio de Janeiro, during the International Congress of Mathematics.
The Fields Medal is considered math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. I was on assignment for Folha de São Paulo newspaper.
Tá no ar um trabalho super importante feito por duas mulheronas da porra sobre o absurdo que o governo brasileiro faz com as crianças indígenas ao separá-las das mães através do conselho tutelar. No vídeo (abaixo) e na parte escrita da reportagem, a Tatiane Klein e a Luiza Calagian contam histórias que precisam ser debatidas.
Tive o prazer de colaborar no vídeo com imagens do abrigo de Dourados, onde conheci uma mãe do povo guarani que visita as filhas gêmeas de quatro meses duas vezes por semana, em encontros de 2 horas. Assista abaixo:
This Indian village is about to be removed and destroyed.
The Indigenous Reserve of Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, is crowded with 16.000 Indians in a little bit more than 3.000 hectares. That’s why part of the Kaiowá people occupied an area next to the reserve that they say is their traditional territory, where 30 families are living nowadays.
However, the owner of the land, a farmer, is asking in court for the piece of his land back, and the judge agreed. Ñu Vera can be destroyed at any moment.
When I arrived, I met Ambrósio (61), a community leader. After I introduced myself, I asked if I could help with my work in their fight for their land. He liked the idea and told me to focus on two aspects: the plantations and the children.
The plantations means the land being used in a good way, stable life, each family with a small farm represents the link between them and the land. Land and life are deeply connected in the indigenous conception. Feet on the ground are not dirty feet, it is belonging.
And the children are the future, the new era, the reason of the fight of the Brazilian Indians that is taking 518 years. In Dourados (and in a lot of other places in Brazil), the Indians, when not ignored by society, are segregated.
With almost 10 days living together with the Guarani Kaiowá Indians, I can say for sure Indians did not choose to live in the hard situation they are experiencing today. It is result of the denial of their territory rights, public politics promoted by ruralist front (a parliamentary segment that acts on behalf of farmers), an omissive government and an ignorant and conservative society.
Ñu Vera resists.
(July 2018, Dourados - Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil)
With other 23 photographers, I was selected to be part of the XV RISC Training, in Itatiba, São Paulo (23-29 June). For the first time, the course for freelancers who work in remote and dangerous places took six days: four for medical training (by Wilderness Medical Associates) and two for security training (by Steve Cook).
It was a life-changing week. We learned a lot about rescuing people and had an intense time together as a group of photographers. Very nice moment to know colleagues and talk about our experiences. Thank you very much, RISC Training!
The last edition of Revista Piauí (June 2018) has a very good article about the impacts of the June 2013 protests in the 2018 election, wrote by Marcos Nobre. One photo I took during the protests of June 2013 was published to illustrate the piece. It is such an honor to have my work published in Revista Piauí, a publication that I admire a lot.
This month was published a series of portraits made in Leblon beach for GQ Brazil with Claude and Thomas Troisgros. Working together for a long time, father and son now have individual paths. The article is by Alexandra Forbes.
Is out now on UOL a special issue about peace in Rocinha, one of the biggest favelas in Brazil, with 100 thousand residents. The reporter Marcela Lemos talked with residents about how the violence is changing their lives. Because of the "war on drugs", maintained by the State and Federal Government, students cannot go to school, residents cannot go to work and a lot of social projects in the community are empty.
In 2018 the situation in Rocinha is worst than the last years. Brazil needs to talk about this war on drugs that is killing many people and it is not changing anything.
Last friday (25th May) I was commissioned by Folha de São Paulo newspaper to cover the supermarkets in Rio during the Brazil’s trucker strike. The vegetables and some fruits disappeared from local supermarket shelves. And who still had it, was selling with prices shot up by as much as 400 percent due to transport difficulties.
I'm happy to share my first work for El País Brasil. It's a portrait of Vagner Amaro, owner of Malê Publisher, specialized in black authors. It was very nice to meet Vagner and to start my collaboration with El País in a very important article by André de Oliveira.
Last May 10th, the civil police did the Marielle’s crime reconstitution, in Estácio, central area of Rio de Janeiro. I’ve been there to cover this sad night for UOL. The investigations are coming to an end and it seems there is participation of another city councilor (Marielle’s colleague) who has business in a favela where Marielle was working as human rights defender.