by Vine Ferreira
Medusa is the spirit of silence. In a hypothetical future time, when there would have no need of saying anything, Medusa would simply be a visual experience. "I believe in a far future when we won't feel the need to explain the obvious concerning race. While this future doesn't arrive, it seems like even when we choose to express ourselves over anything else but being black, we're still saying something about it. This will still be the main topic of the work", says Vine.
It was a collab of four emerging São Paulo based creators. It has a strong afrofuturistic feeling, results of some references that goes from dongo dancers costumes to "Blade Runner" in the visuals and styling, handmade by the stylist Luckas Alexsander. The makeup was very well handled by Luciana Bortoline who painted Mariana's face with metalic watercolor. The metalic tones are features because they transmit strength and a futuristic air, connected to the Universe. "I really like to relate art with cosmic beings since I had a contact with them. For real. I saw this strong colored but extremely sensible light. A lot of makeup and canvas that I paint is based on this contact.", she completes. Vine had it all tied up in this visual experience shot 150 km away from São Paulo: "I saw this almost abandoned parking lot. It has a deactivated amusement park right next to it with some actual size dinosaurs, it was amazing. I had another session there these days and I hope I could send it too", concludes.
Vine Ferreira is a 23 years old photographer living in São Paulo. He has a college degree in visual arts and his work has been exhibited around the country on festivals, shows and group exhibitions.
Vine currently develops an intimate research starting from his surroundings, such as São Paulo's suburbs, looking for his acestors' indentity through history and for the repercussions of the past in the contemporaneity, with a rational and poetic eye into black diversity.