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RELEASE GABRIEL

 

    

       THE EXHIBITION “ GABRIEL IN THE TIME OF THE CHURCH” WAS INSPIRED AND CARRRIED OUT IN THE COURSE OF THE FILMING OF “ GABRIEL” ,    A SHORT FILM OF VALNEI NUNES, MARCELO RABELO AND IRIS DE OLIVEIRA, AT MAR GRANDE- ITAPARICA ISLAND, IN 2005.

      

       BUILT IN XVII CENTURY FOR A FAMILY OF SPANISH ARISTOCRATS WHO ARRIVED IN BAHIA, THE STo ANTONIO OF VELAZQUEZ CATHOLIC CHURCH, SITUATED BETWEEN MAR GRANDE AND GAMELEIRA, TOOK PART IN THE DAILY LIFE OF THOSE WHO LIVED IN THE REGION. BRIDGES AND ROADS WERE BUILT AROUND THE CHURCH; THERE WERE MOVEMENT,PILGRIMAGE, TRADITIONAL PARTIES. HOWEVER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE XX CENTURY THE CHURCH WAS COMPLETELY ABANDONED, THEN, FROM THE SECOND HALF OF THE CENTURY, OTHER RITES AND CUSTOMS WOULD BE DONE IN THE CHURCH.

 

       THE CHURCH BECAME A CENTER OF RITES OF AFRICAN-BRAZILIAN RELIGIONS (UMBANDA) FOR SOME TIME, UNTIL  A YOUNG MAN STARTED TO LIVE IN THE CHURCH IN THE 70´S. HIS NAME IS GABRIEL, BORN IN SÃO PAULO, RAISED BY AN INDIAN, SAVED FROM A CAR ACCIDENT WHERE HE WAS THE ONLY SURVIVAL. DISILLUSIONED, GABRIEL STARTED TO MIGRATE THROUGH THE COUNTRY, TILL HE FOUND IT. BY THAT ENCOUNTER HE MADE THE CHURCH HIS RESIDENCE AND SPIRITUAL RETIREMENT, BECAME A HERMIT, HE LIVED MORE THAN 30 YEARS INSIDE THE RUINS OF THE CHURCH, HE WAS ALSO REVEALED A MYTHOLOGICAL FIGURE OF THE AREA, BEING EVEN KNOWN BY THE OLD RESIDENTS IN THE SURROUNDING REGIONS.

 

      STILL TODAY GABRIEL LIVES IN THE CHURCH, WHICH IS PART OF THE RECUPERATION PROJECT OF THE TOURISM AND CULTURE  ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF THE BAHIA STATE GOVERNMENT.

 

     THE PHOTOS REVEAL A LONELY AND RESISTENT ATMOSPHERE. DRIVING THE SPECTATOR TO THE TIMELESS UNIVERSE OF THE CHURCH AND THE HERMIT. IT´S THE MAN, HIS PLACE AND HIS ISOLATION.

 

                                                                              

                                                        

                                                 

    

 

       INFORMATION ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

 

VALNEI NUNES, 24 YEARS OLD, BORN IN BRAZIL, CITY OF SALVADOR (BA). GRADUATED IN COMMUNICATION WITH CINEMA AND VIDEO AT FTC. HE HAS DEVELOPDED PHOTOGRAPHIC AND CINEMATOGRAPHIC ACTIVITIES FOR 4 YEARS. HIS WORK BROACHES THEMES RELATED TO THE POPULAR CULTURE, THE AESTHETIC OBJECTIVE ARE  ETHNOCENTRIC EXPRESSIONS OF DIFFERENT AREAS IN BRAZIL, LIKE THE HINTER AND THE BAY OF BAHIA.BESIDES BEING MENTIONED IN SEVERAL FESTIVALS, HE ALSO GAINED THE PRIZE OF THE BEST BAHIA´S PRODUCTION IN 2006. IN ONE YEAR HE CARRIED OUT MORE THAN 14 EXPOSITIONS IN BAHIA AND SAÕ PAULO.

 

 

 

 

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