Jardins do Éden
de Christian Cravo
Portfólio - 30 x 40 cm, 16 prints,
Texto de Christian Cravo. (português e inglês).
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“Jardins do Éden” é, no meu entender, o título que melhor representa a singularidade
do povo Haitiano.
A idéia do “Éden” nos remete aos primórdios, ao momento em que o homem estava intrinsecamente ligado à natureza e se descobria através dela e de si próprio.
Vejo o Haiti como a expressão máxima da essência humana. É uma sociedade com características muito particulares, intensamente espiritualizada, repleta de simbologias, onde a falta de pudor do povo se apresenta por meio de elementos de grande pureza e beleza estética.
As a photographer, I seek to understand people through the images that arise in the course of my journey. I make my eye an instrument that tells a story that is, above all, “human”. The aim is to represent humankind through an iconographic structure based on specific themes.
In this regard, I see Haiti as the supreme expression of the human essence. This is a society with very unique characteristics – intensely spiritual, replete with symbolism, in which people show their lack of prudishness through the purest of elements.
It is the purity in human relations when expressing beliefs that awakens my eye. The philosophical breadth we can descry on the basis of human existence in Haiti is both unsettling and incredible.
Therefore, I believe that “Gardens of Eden” is the title that best reflects the uniqueness of the Haitian people. It is a concept that takes us back to our beginnings, to the moment when human beings were intrinsically linked to nature and discovered themselves through it. Sin did not exist, and naked bodies inhabited each and every space, because they belonged to all of them. Moments of profound pleasure when people meld with nature and its elements. Animism taken to its greatest power, fulfilling desires, seeking fresh hopes for a people with African origins – roots that have a magical relationship with the divine.
Salvador, september 2010.