Neyde Lantyer

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“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” _Virginia Woolf

“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconvetionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonimity.”  _Virginia Woolf
Photographys and video’s

“Blind Waves” is a new development of a photo-series “Beach” (2000-2006) from my old portfolio. The work is a gathering of a newly discovered interest for the romantic painting plus the nostalgia of the life-style I left behind when migrated to Europe.

Paris 2016

The beach represented familiarity and retorn to the most beautiful memories and Porto da Barra Beach, in Salvador da Bahia, represented the embodiment of that feeling. It was there, on my first trip to Brazil, that I found everything I was missing: the sunshining, the bodies, the sweet taste of recognition.

Porto da Barra, Salvador, 2000

Later, while writing a text to describe the series, I came across the thesis about “the democratic space of the beach” where all the social classes and races would equelly convive. So far, the trajectory of that photo-series had turned upside down.

Porto da Barra, Salvador, 2006

Bodies, gestures, poses, games, maneuvers, deviations the previous perception contemplated without distinction, now alternated before my eyes in the territory or battlefield. Suddenly I understood that however occupying the same place, they did not blender.

Porto da Barra, Salvador, 2006

What my nostalgia sought was nothing more than an illusion of equality, and my point of view, a white privilege of class.

And the illusion of the “democratic beach”, an appendix to the violent legend of the “Brazilian racial democracy”.

Seeing is a process steeped in conjecture, as we see what we believe.

And seeing beyond our beliefs comes as a shock, a slap in the face, an embarrassment. The constraint of ignorance.

San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily 2013

And that's how it happened: suddenly I started to see. And what he saw was apartheid.

Cefalù, Sicily 2013

In petty-bourgeois leisure spaces, or, better said, white, the black bodies are in a suspended, invisible place.

Porto da Barra, 2006

Place of illegal and uninsured - survival - work.