Untitled, from the series Letters to the Sea, 2016
Inkjet Print, Photo Rag paper, Printed in 2017, Edition 3/20, 55 ⅛ x 35 ½ inches, signed in pencil on certificate
Courtesy of the artist
Eustáquio Neves is a self-taught photographer and video artist who studied chemistry and classical guitar. Since 1989 he has researched and developed alternative and multidisciplinary techniques, including the manipulation of negatives and prints, as well as electronic media, incorporating sequence and movement. He was born in 1955 in Juatuba, Minas Gerais, Brazil, an area that served as a refuge to fugitive slaves–the quilombos. From 1993 to 1997 he photographed a community of quilombos descendants in Minas Gerais to express his interest in the memory and identity of black Brazilians. In 1994 he was awarded the Marc Ferrez Photography Prize by Brazil’s National Foundation for the Arts (FUNARTE).
His work has been widely exhibited in Brazil including solo shows of his series Cartas ao Mar [Letters to the Sea]. He has exhibited this work at the Afro Brazil Museum in São Paulo and FotoRio in Rio de Janeiro (2015) Bahia Contemporary Art Museum, Salvador, Brazil (2014) ; and The Pinacoteca Art Museum, Sao Paulo Brazil (1996). He has shown abroad in many group shows including AFRO-BRASIL, Fotografia Brasileira, Institute of Foreign Relations Gallery (IFA), Stuttgart, Germany (2013); Mythologies: Brazilian Contemporary Photography, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2012); and I Mostra Pan Africana of Contemporary Art, Bahia Art Modern Museum, Salvador (2005).