Curitiba - State of Paraná, Brazil
Isabella Santos Lanave is a 26 years old, Latin American photographer, born in the city of Curitiba, in the south of Brazil. Lanave holds a BA in Social Communication – Journalism (PUC - 2016). In 2017 she was cited in “34 Women Photojournalists to be Followed” by TIME. In 2018, she was one of the artists selected for the 6th New York Portfolio Review. In 2019, her long-term project Fátima about the daily process to access the imaginary her mother have the first individual exposition in the Photography Center of Montevideo, in Uruguay. In 2020, she was finalist of 14 Award Press Women by Portal Imprensa in the category of photojournalism. Currently, Isabella is focused on researching issues related to mental health and identity.
2018 - Indicated for Joop Swart Masterclass, 2018 - Selected for 6th New York Portfolio Review, 2017 - Selected Work "Fatima" - Vice Photo Issue
- Video capture
There was a big house in the background of a big garden. The house was gray and old, with a lot of people dressed in white walking around the place. I was 13 and I was waiting my mother to come out of that place. I was bringing her clean clothes and foods that she liked. It is the first visit I remember about when my mother was hospitalized in a psychiatric clinic. I don't have too many memories of that time, but the feelings around it sadden me. Fatima is a long-term project and the every day process of understanding and access my mother's imaginary; she suffers from Bipolar Disorder. For me, getting closer is the way to make it less painful rather than just moving away.
Lanave_Isabella_Captions_1_Itajaí, Brazil – December, 2017 - My mother in the woods on her neighbourhood.
Lanave_Isabella_Captions_2_Itajaí, Brazil. July, 2018. A construction in my uncle's garden. Our relationship is difficult and sometimes hostile. Many times Fatima wanted to leave, to get away from her bad thoughts and leave them away from our family.
Lanave_Isabella_Captions_3_Itajaí, Brazil. June, 2017. My mother in her neighborhood. Starting to photograph my mother brought me closer and began to have to deal with her inner crises and our biggest dilemmas of mother and daughter.