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Mario Cravo Neto

The cult practices of the Candomblé *), the Afro-Brazilian religion in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), are the theme of the new book of photography, Trance_Territories by Mario Cravo Neto. 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 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 prizes, he is today considered one of Brazil’s most important photographers. In 2003 his latest large-scale solo exhibition, entitled Na Terra _Sob Meus Pés, was shown in Rio de Janeiro.


Mario Cravo Neto

88 color photographs, 100 pages, bound edition with dust jacket
With texts by Mario Cravo Neto and Ilares Tavares

Euro 24,80 / SFr 43,50
ISBN 3-88423-224-X

Publishing House Das Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 2004

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