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Rhapsodiae Portucalensis - Rui Pires

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Address: Leica Store
Rua Sá da Bandeira, nº48-52

Starts: 28 July, 2018
Ends: 10 October, 2018
Opening times: See Venue
Price: Free
Genre: General

This exhibition, held in the Leica store in Porto, is an excerpt from a long work of cultural and visual anthropology still in progress, based on the intercultural encounters that occurred in the period of Portuguese expansion, between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The photographic collection work was started in 2006 in North Africa, documenting the culture of the Berber peoples and the Portuguese heritage legacy on the Moroccan coast, representative of a cultural link that existed from the VIII century until the XVII between the two peoples.

It continued in the former Portuguese possessions on the Gold Coast, namely in Sao Jorge da Mina, Ghana, passed through the Gulf of Guinea, in Sao Tome and Principe and finally centered in Portuguese India, Cochin and Goa as for Tibet and Nepal.

Rui Pires is Portuguese and was born in 1968. The passion for photography began in 1983 as an amateur photographer. It is considered a photographer with a classical and humanist style, and is dedicated primarily to documentary photography, cultural anthropology and historical research.

In 2006 he began a project that aims document the life in Portuguese rural villages undergoing desertification, the Rural Moments project. In 2009 Rui Pires began the Lands of Allah documentary, a research about the life of the nomad tribes and Berbers-Touareg people in north of Africa and Sahara desert.

Rui Pires has many photographs and essays published online, in magazines and newspapers and some of his documentaries and photos are in permanent exhibition in museums, and private collections. He has also won many prizes, grants and awards in exhibitions and photography competitions. Rui tries to achieve a humanistic and positive approach to documentary photography and always tries to dignify the people he portrays.


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