FRONTEIRAS - Crossing Brazilian borders.
How is daily life in border towns in Brazil seen as places of union and not division between people.
This is a personal project I started in February 2013. The project is focused on photographing the daily-life of people who live in Brazil’s border towns.
It always amazed me how big Brazil is. Living there for a while I could start to feel the huge variety of origins and therefore, cultures, religions, dialects, habits, flavours and ways of living that form this country.
It fascinated me even more to discover that all this variety could get broader if we go further to the borders, where all these rich Brazilian mixtures meet other South American mixtures giving birth to interesting blends of people made of these many different traditions, from two, sometimes three different nationalities, held together and apart by a line geographically created to separate territories. I started travelling and documenting this reality and I came across so many things worth telling. The main one is that in such places where “my” and “I” could be a reason for division and fight what I have seen so far is a beautiful atmosphere of union and peace among all differences.
People in these frontier cities live in a perfect pace of integration, respect and cooperation. They have unique stories to tell, stories of lives across two countries, divided and yet united by a river, a bridge, a road, a forest, a language, a government.
These people share much more than a simple territory line and different ID cards. They build friendships, move back and forward, commute, fall in love, start families and it would all be just the same as everywhere else, if it wasn’t for the fact that they do this everyday walking through a thin line between two nations.
I want go on photographing these stories of lifestyle and the relationships these people have with their foreign neighbours and continue to document how life actually happens in the midst of diverse and common.
I will travel to 15 different border towns between Brazil and other ten countries in South America, registering people’s daily life in their environments looking for similarities and peculiarities of each of these regions from north to south of this huge country, frontiers thousand of kilometres away of each other with another country next door. A way to go into these cultures never before documented from this point of view.
So far I have photographed five border towns between Brazil and Paraguay, Bolivia, Guyana, Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela.
The next trips will be done during the months of January, February and March 2014. I would like to be able to photograph at least other 10 border towns in the next months, hoping to finish the shooting phase of the project before April 2014. After that, I will start working on the book I will publish, which should be ready by late April 2014.
FRONTEIRAS: Crossing Brazilian borders was featured on National Geographic Brasil website in August 2013 @