|anonymous faces (books I, II, & III) [1994-2016]||The images below are selected works from “Faces of São Paulo”, “Anonymous Faces” and “Anonymous Faces & the Space-time Characters”.
Every good story has a hero and a villain. Time is a merciless villain and it is the villain in the stories of the space-time characters. What better way can a common man understand, or explore the concept of space-time than through art?
These photographs, mostly taken in downtown São Paulo, have been a recurring theme in the studio for more than 20 years. The subjects of the photographs were people who had been excluded from society and were dumped in the non-place. For all these years, their photographs were shown and their stories told, trapping them in space-time and making them immortal, eternal.
“In many ways, somehow, someway, they borrow from me and I borrow from them. I come to a point were I can’t differentiate wether I am them, if they are me, if they ever existed or if they were but a figment of my imagination. I see myself aging, my hair falling, my beard turning white, yet my space-time characters do change and at the same time nothing changes for them. They are trapped in a loop. Trapped in the space between two photograms in a reel of film. They are all holding hands, in a circle, ever moving. As I work with each of these characters, I know that every time I attempt to break their cycle, I see myself closer and closer to them, until I am in the circle, with them, holding hands”.
Book I: “Faces of São Paulo” - 1994
Book II: “Anonymous Faces” - 2014 - Brazilian-Lebanese Cultural Center, Beirut - Lebanon.
Book III: “Anonymous Faces and the Space-time Characters” - 2016 - Le Pave d'Orsay, Paris - France and Simart, Allesund - Norway.Shown below are a selection of the works from this project.
|moment in space-time - 25 x 50 cm - preparatory sketch fot "moment in space-time" matrix.|
|monolithic heads - 70 x 22 x 10 cm - bronze and marble - unique edition of 5 heads.|
|tenderness - 10 x 15 cm - mezzotint on copper printed on cotton paper - edition of 8 + a.p.|
|in peace - 15 x 18 cm - mezzotint on copper printed on cotton paper - edition of 8 + a.p.|
|wheel of life - 40 x 50 cm - oil on canvas.|
|meu nego - 40 x 50 cm - oil on canvas.|
|retrato para mamae - 50 x 50 cm - photographic print from a 6x6 negative on fiberbase paper - edition of 10 + a.p.|
|pigeon lady - 50 x 50 cm - photographic print from a 6x6 negative on fiberbase paper - edition of 10 + a.p.|
|bilhete para fortuna - 50 x 50 cm - photographic print from a 6x6 negative on fiberbase paper - edition of 10 + a.p.|
|minha vez - 29.5 x 34 cm - etching and aquatint on copper plate printed on cotton paper - edition of 8 + a.p.|
|wrong foot - 20 x 20 cm - aquatint, etching, drypoint and roulette on copper printed on cotton paper - edition of 5 + a.p.|
|moment in space time - 25 x 50 cm (each plate) - drypoint on copper printed on cotton paper - edition of 3 sets + a.p.|
|oblivion - 29.5 x 34 cm - toner relay, mezzotint and aquatint oncopper printed on cotton paper - edition of 2 + a.p.|
|negao - 30 x 40 cm - oil on canvas.|
|untitled (santa) - 24.5 x 29.5 cm - toner relay, aquatint and burnisher on copper printed on cotton paper - edition of 8 + a.p.|