Lita Cerqueira: Portrait d’une artiste

“The photographs of Lita Cerqueira are the result of extreme sensitivity and a keen gaze, forged in the anguish of a repressed yet proud and patient people, embedded in the magical dimension of a civilization in full bloom, in this fourth dimension which is that of inspired nations like Brazil.

I understand perfectly this confluence between the longing of a tropical artist and the unpredictability of our stubborn Gods. Just like Lita, I am an artist, black and native of the state of Bahia, and I know that her photos represent a miracle stemming from an attentive and stripped-down gaze very close to that of the trance-like Gods.” – Gilberto Gil Brazilian Musician and Composer, former Minister of Culture of Brazil, Salvador, June 1987