Mario Cravo Neto,  Odé, 1989, vintage gelatin silver print, approx. image size cm 40 x 40 ca.

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Mario Cravo Neto

Mystic Tales

The curatorial project conceived for the upcoming edition of the fair will be focused on the Brazilian artist MARIO CRAVO NETO, represented by the gallery exclusively for Europe and with a great cooperation with the Foundation in Brazil. For the first time on view there will be some of his iconic vintage photographs of the 1980s and 1990s, in which the elegant use of black and white creates a suspended and muffled atmosphere, where bodies and objects acquire an intimate and mystic appearance. The artist stages his portraits to give an important value to light, though giving a sculptural appearance to the subjects. The exhibition will also include vibrant and sensuous images that are part of the street photography series called Laroyé, produced in the 2000s, during the latter part of his career. The title word identifies a greeting to the candomblé and invokes his presence and his powers, while the pictures convey the mix of cultures, ethnicities and religious traditions of Salvador.