The preservation of the environment, for life on Earth, is among the greatest concerns and urgencies in the world today. Historically, the relationship between humanity and nature took several paths. Some of them allow us to renew our eyes and find other perspectives. This is the invitation that Vale and the Vale Cultural Institute made to visitors to the Brazilian Pavilion at ExpoDubai 2020: relive the paths taken by various Brazilian communities, registered by great names in photography. In the images captured, water shapes the landscape, shapes everyday life and leads the path of creation and resistance through the perpetuation of local and collective knowledge and identities.
Water is a constitutive part of the formation of individuals, and as a consequence of their education and culture. Water shapes the modes of existence – work, living, eating, moving, resting, partying, living and dying. Water gushes in the sea, in the river, in the travelers’ saddlebags, in the cookers’ pots, in the tears of children and old people. The images presented constitute the documentary panorama of those who inhabit the banks, and in addition to them, they thicken the basis of what we define as a nation. They are portraits of the human in the world, the protagonist in his struggle for everyday life.
Have a nice visit!