2016 – 2018
In 2016 I was selected to live in an artistic residency in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was the first long period of time I spent in the country and around that time I started studying the identity of those places; a study developed through memories and experiences, discoveries and encounters, which I penned in a publication released in 2020. Even before the book, I was magnetically drawn to the compelling nature of this country, so imposing, central and ancient to push me to photograph it in its every aspect. Nature, in its archaic essence, has always been at the core of my artistic research. What has me fascinated is its astonishing beauty and power, hiding stories of which nature is an impassive witness, and that make me tirelessly want to delve deeper in it. And so, immersed in my nights in Sao Paulo, I began portraying the city parks: wonderful natural systems yet contradictory attempts to recreate the Atlantic Maquis – which has now entirely disappeared in the city – hit by the glare of purple skies and transformed by light pollution. I continued my journey of discovery into the disruptive, almost presumptuous luxuriance of the tropical plants that surround the city, expand beyond its borders, beyond the state of Sao Paulo and even farther, where nature reshapes its appearance and takes on new features with the majestic and almost unbelievable Amazon forest, a guardian of distant worlds and lifeblood to indigenous and caboclo peoples.