Mario Cravo Neto was born 1947 in Salvador
da Bahia. Since the age of seventeen, he studied sculpture
and photography under the guidance of his father, the well-known
sculptor Mario Cravo Júnior. In the 1960s Cravo Neto
lived in Berlin before moving to New York. In 1970 he returned
to Brazil, and since then lives and works in Salvador. The recipient of numerous awards, Cravo Neto is today considered one of Brazil's most important photographers.
The cult practices of the Candomblé *), the Afro-Brazilian
religion in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), are the theme of Trance_Territories. With his photographs, Cravo Neto impressively continues
the work on the Candomblé initiated by Pierre Verger;
he transcribes it in colors while also finding for it a new
visual expression in the 21st century.
Cravo Neto’s photographs depict people
and objects, as well as the preparations for cult practices
and how these transpire. What emerge are sculptural images,
whose magical quality is inescapable for their viewers. The
mystic and supernatural, brought to a halt in cult practices,
is continued in minute detail in the photographic image.
Mario Cravo Neto shows the photo-/sound installation Trance_Territories.
>> the installation in Berlin
>> Artist's website