The set of photographs presented here is the property of the Inhotim Contemporary Arts Centre and is essentially work from the 1970s and part of the 1980s. The work of Claudia Andujar (1931) on the Yanomami brings contemporary photographic issues within the spectrum of the iconography of indigenous Brazilian peoples. Her visual storytelling has brought an openly personal view to the predominant photographic fields (classic documentary photography, ethnographic photography and photojournalism), combining documentary intentions with pure aesthetics.
According to the Andujar, the idiosyncrasy of her work is mainly due to her personal trajectory, dictated by her minority status:
Undoubtedly, my photography is marked by my past. A past of war, a past of minorities. This is not something that worries me greatly but it does unsettle me. It is part of my life. I am very interested in the question of justice and minorities who are trying to affirm themselves in the world, but who always come up against a dominator looking to hold them back. But there is another side to my pictures: aesthetics, balance. The social side, however, cannot always join the aesthetic side. I suffer because of this. When I can bring the two together, I am relieved (Andujar in Persichetti, 2000:15).
Curator: Instituto Inhotim (Inhotim Institute)
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