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Cecilia Sordi Campos Samba de Lamento

Exhibition from July 5 to September 26, 2021

To live, and to love is visceral.

This project has been made as a means to understand the parallels between my migration from Brazil to Australia and my separation from my partner of ten years. It focuses on exploring the layers that constitute my hybrid identity through the devouring of the self and my cultural influences. Drawing from Magical Realism and the Anthropophagic Manifesto, Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba has been made without censorship and through it I share the disorders, choices and metamorphoses that have allowed me to simply live during this period of emotional transition. It aims to have provocation and stimuli that deconstruct notions and customary ways of thinking. It also points out divergent paths that do not mix or unify; they affirm differences and diversity, fluidity and flexibility.

Direction and editing: Cecilia Sordi Campos
Cinematography: Guillym Davenport
Song: O Canto das Três Raças
Artist: Clara Nunes
Album: Raízes do Samba

Part of the project, Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba (2019)

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© Cecilia Sordi Campos, Samba de Lamento

This work was selected as a winning moving image for OpenWalls Arles 2021, a collaboration between the British Journal of Photography, 1854 Media and Galerie Huit Arles.

About the Artist

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Growing up in the countryside in Brazil, I got hold of a camera for the first time at age nine, after winning a contest at primary school. I took photos of everything and everyone. Unfortunately, many of the rolls of film I went through were never developed. I still think of those never seen photographs.

 I am now a Melbourne based photographic artist and have been living in Australia for the past 13 years. Most of my work is autobiographical and explores peculiarities of my migrant experience, liminality and identity. I am also interested in the notions of intimacy, the spectrum of personal relationships, and in the nuances of being human.

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