Sebastiano Salgado - Exodus - Migrations - Scuderia Papale
Sebastiao Salgado was also showing
in Edinburgh until 2 Sept. 2001. I
saw his exhibition called Migrations
at the Scuderia Papale last year (2000)
in Rome. You can read about it on
my site http://www. verinhaottoni.
com. This exhibition has a book organised
by Aperture of 300 images in 28 cities
around the world, the latest at the
City Art Centre in Edinburgh, takes
photojournalism to a new dimension.
In 1993, a book and an international
travelling exhibition of his work
by Aperture entitled Workers: An Archaeology
of the Industrial Age was published.
It was about the millions of workers
around the world, the incredible images
of the Serra Pelada mines in Brazil,
and masses of human-beings struggle
daily in mud searching for gold; powerful
images of desperados. Certainly Sebastiao
Salgado's work follows the effect
of globalisation and his photographs
show the exploited, the oppressed
and the dispossessed of our world.
The work, Exodus, shows a survey of
mass migration; millions had fled
Communist regimes. The collapse of
Communism in Eastern Europe has made
more people seek better lives in the
West. He said, "I don't want
to create a bad conscience in people
seeing my photographs. I want people
to be aware of the problems and try
to address them, but there's no point
in taking a picture that is just terrible.
It's a terrible story, but I look
for the positive. These people have
in their hearts that they'll find
a better life. " He says he is
influenced by the baroque Portuguese
imagery of his Brazilian upbringing
but also Goya's The Horrors of War.
He studied to become an economist
but he became an advocate for the
world's poorest people, scenes unimaginable
from famine and disease to genocide
in Rwanda. On BBC-he gave a touching
talk about his photographic work Arena:
Salgago - The Spectre of Hope.