Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I was born in Minas Gerais on march 4th, 1983, in a small town by the name of Juiz de Fora. Tough as it is being from a country home, only in mid-2012 I could really throw myself into a journey driven by my biggest passion: photography. Nowadays, settled in Rio de Janeiro, I work as an independent photographer and movie maker.
During the troubled year of 2013 and at that time, I was able to carry out three really important projects. The first, called "O Levante” began during the popular protests that drove millions of people into the streets of the country to demand social improvements and an end to corruption. With this project, I joined several independent media groups and was able to publish much of the images in magazines, websites and newspapers. In addition, I held several exhibitions throughout the country, with the festivals in Paraty and Cape Verde being the main platforms.
In 2014, with the imminent realization of the great events like World Cup and Olympics, I felt the need to understand better the core of the social problems of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the year, I documented the situation of hundreds of families occupying a building in the Mangueira favela, a few meters away from Maracanã. With this work called "Article 6 - We Do Not Want to Turn Statistic" I achieved important visibility in the mainstream media and got a scholarship from one of the masters of photography, the Italian Ernesto Bazan.
During a trip, in mid-2015, photographing and traveling the entire length of the Amazon River, I met Aladino. He is a healer and along with him and his family I started the project that I am working to this moment. Another meeting on this journey was with the women shamans of the Island of Marajó in Brazil. In this curative practice where they are rare, these women are considered more powerful than the male shamans. Given the peculiarity of the story, in March 2017, I had the opportunity to return to the scene and shoot a short film.
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In April 2018, sitting at his house, Aladino, a native Bora shaman, is almost in a trance. After the evening sessions of offering the traditional elements to the spirits such as the coca plant, tobacco, and ampiri (a mixture of tobacco with salt from forest trees), the night for he is not yet finished. He still needs to be prepared to heal a patient later in the night.
In October 2018, Aladino, a native Bora shaman, works on the preparation of the Coca powder, the most important element in Bora culture. At this moment, he walks through a cloud of smoke, light and ashes from the sacred process which can symbolize a life between two words. The process takes the entire day and it is done usually inside his house in the small village called Pebas, in the Peruvian Amazon.
In April 2018, Aladino, a native Bora shaman, wears his spotted jaguar mask while stretching and smoking on the roots of a tree in the Peruvian Amazon. He made the mask with wood from his own land. The region is still virgin forest and the Boras, Aladino's ethnic group, consider it a Sacred Valley. Aladino believes the special place brings the Bora's ancient spirits to turn him into a spotted jaguar. The transformation is necessary to be able using all powers in hand of a true Bora Shaman.