The photographs in this series were made in my hometown, Canavieiras (state of Bahia), in 2004. For several decades during the 20th century Canavieiras was a major producer of cocoa, which kept the town’s culture and economy alive. However, in the mid-1980s the crop began to decline due to a biological blight. This had a major effect on the local economy and resulted in changes to the urban landscape, as evidenced by the deterioration of several houses, many of which were put up for sale, while others were apparently abandoned. Although this did not happen all over the town, the phenomenon’s effects were sufficiently widespread that the atmosphere changed and the town began to show signs of stagnation. In this context, we can observe the unusual acceleration of the effects of the passage of time on the things that are near and dear to us. As such, this series ponders on this phenomenon, particularly on certain houses, their facades and sometimes, their interiors. Photographed 20 years after I left the town (for further studies in Salvador), this series is a study on disintegration, transformation and dissolution, and brings up my childhood memories and experiences in contrast to the outcomes of reality.|
- André França
- Antonio Marcos Pereira, Literary critic and Professor, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil.
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