ONLINE EXHIBITION


THE PHOTOGRAPH AS I AM 

Lita Cerqueira

 

From November 5, 2019 to February 5, 2020

All prices upon request at contact@ricardofernandes.biz

 

 


Portrait Lita Cerqueira by Sami Korhonen 2012

Lita Cerqueira´s Photographs are the result of a sensitive glance wrought in the anxiety and the acuteness of people who are oppressed, but active and patient, with the magical dimension of this civilization in progress; the fourth dimension in the life of inspired nations as Brazil.

 

I know this confrontation between the desire of a tropical artist and the unpredictability of our capricious gods. As Lita, I am an artist, me too I am black and I am from Bahia, and I know that her photos are the miracle of a shady and attentive eye tended  by  the disinterested grace of the gods in trances.

 

Gilberto Gil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Photograph as I am – Lita Cerqueira

Strongly steeped by the culture of the Bahia state where she was born, Lita was still very young when she joined a theater troupe. As an actress she had worked with some of the greatest Brazilian filmmakers of her time; she also worked on set with them as a stills photographer. However, it is photography that seems to be the true vocation of Lita who became well known for her magnificent photographic documentation of the Brazilian Afro culture, that she chronicled over many years with extreme tenacity and boldness.

In 1973, she began taking pictures of Bahian women, street children, fishermen, Capoeira, popular commemorations and craftsperson. Handling the magic of black and white photography with great virtuosity, she also proved to have a sharp eye, always full of tenderness, which allows us to discover the essence of the Afro-descendant’s culture, capturing some very special moments of their daily life. In a single click, she grabs a gesture, a glance – she immerses herself into the soul of those modest people as she passes them in the street, transforming their simple human gestures into pure poetry.

She was an intimate friend of many Tropicalism and Brazilian Pop Music icons such as Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gil Gilberto, João Gilberto, Maria Bethania, Luis Melodia, Ney Matogrosso, Ben Jor etc. She immortalized the highlights of their best shows, captured their greatest performances and their emotions and even surprised them in their intimacy, offering us a precious testimony of these tremendous artists’ lives,  helping to transform their images into a permanent part of the Brazilian collective memory.

Her works have become famous both in her country and abroad, through her numerous exhibitions in Brazil, in France, in Italy, in Portugal, and in the United States.

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Main Exhibitions

 

2017

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2016

“A Arte da Lembrança”, The Art of Memory, Gregório de Matos Foundation, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Orixas, Maison France Brésil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2015

Candiani Cultural Center, Venice, Italy

Lita´s sensitive and documentary Glance, Ateliê da Imagem, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Collective Exhibition A Arte da Lembrença ” A Saudade na Fotografia Brasileira”. The Art of Memory, Nostalgia in

Brazilian Photograph, Itau Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2014

“Les couleurs du Brésil”, Brazilian Colors, Johnson & Johnson, Paris, France

Le Brésil en Noir et Blanc, Brazil in Black and White, Cultural Center Cloître des Billettes, Paris, France

Individual Exhibition, Espace Lusofolie´s, Paris, France

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora

Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2013

Lita Cerqueira, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

“Vinícius de Moraes 100 Years”, FNAC Pinheiro, São Paulo, Brazil

“Vinícius de Moraes 100 Years”, FNAC Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil

“A Fotografia Como eu Sou” The photograph as I am, FNAC Curitiba, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2012

La Photo Telle Que je Suis, The photograph as I am, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

« Femmes du Brésil », Brazilian Women, Besançon Diocesan Center, France

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2011

Collective-Collectible, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

De A a Z, Ricardo Fernandes Gallery, Paris, France

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2010

A Fotografia Como Eu Sou, The photograph as I am, Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2009

“A fotografia como Eu Sou”, The photograph as I am, São Paulo´s  Pinacoteca, Brazil

Lavage de la Madeleine, Bahia traditional Parade in the streets, ending at the Madeleine Church, Paris, France

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2008

Cosmopolita, Lita Cerqueira Retrospective, Centro Cultural dos Correios, Salvador, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2007

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2006

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2005

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2004

Acquisition of Lita Cerqueira 10 photographs  by the Ibirapuera Park Afro-Brazilian Museum, São Paulo, Brazil

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

 

2003

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador, Brazil

Lavage de la Madeleine, Bahia traditional Parade in the streets, ending at the Madeleine Church, Paris, France

 

2002

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador Brazil.

 

2001

Bahia´s Carnival official Photographer, Trio Eletrico 2222, Flora Gil, Salvador Brazil.

 

2000

Brazil Rediscovery 500 years, Black Body and Soul Festival, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil

 

1997

Representative of the Bahia State at VIVA BAHIA! « African American Heritage Society », Pensacola Cultural Center of Florida, Miami, USA

 

1976

Official Photographer of the Salvador Cultural Center, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

“Fêtes Populaires et Architecture de la Bahia” Popular Celebrations and Architecture at Salvador Historical Center, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

 

Songbooks with Lita´s Photographs

 

1992                Gilberto Gil, Almir Chediak, Luminar Editora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1990                Cazusa, Almir Chediak, Luminar Editora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1989                Bossa Nova, Almir Chediak, Luminar Editora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1987                Caetano Veloso, Almir Chediak, Luminar Editora, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Compact book with Lita Siqueira’s Photographs

 

1987

Kassav, Philippe Conrath, Seghers Editions, Paris, France

Books with Lita Cerqueira´s Photographs

 

2014

Dorival Caymmi: “O mar e o tempo”  The Ocean and the Time, Stella Caymmi, Saraiva Editions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

2007

“Mulheres Negras do Brasil” Brazilian Back Women, Shuma Shumatrer & Erico Vital Brasil, REDEH, Rede de Desinvolvimentos Humanos et Senac Editoras, Human Development Chain & Senac Editions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

2002

Gilberto Gil 60 years : All tales, Bene Tonteles, GG Editions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

2000

“Livro dos 500 anos” The 500 Hundred Years ‘Book, Emmanuel Araujo, Catalogue from the Ibirapuera Park Afro Brazilian Museum permanent Exhibition, São Paulo, Brazil

 

1999

“Areias Escaldantes” The Burning Sands, Scarlet Moon Knight, Edition Globo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

1998

African Photograph Anthology, Indian Ocean & Diaspora, in French and in English, Revue Noire, Paris, France.

 

1997

Cazusa :  “Só as Mães são  Felizes”, Only Mothers are Happy, Lucina Araujo, with Regina Echeverria testimony, Globo Editions, São Paulo, Brazil

 

1996

Gilberto Gil, All Gilberto Gil lyrics gathered by Carlos Rennó with some Gilberto Gil commentaries, Presentation:  Arnaldo Antunes, Companhia das Letras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Records and CD Sleeves with Lita Cerqueira Photographs

 

2006

CD Sleeve : De Bahia aux Sertões : 1939 à 1950, collection : Brésil, les Chants de la Mère et de la Terre. Brazil Mother and Earth songs, Production Teça Calazans, Frémeaux & Associates, Paris, France

 

1982

The back sleeve of Caetano Veloso´s CD: Cores e Nomes. Colors and Names Polygram, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Documentary Movie with some Lita Cerqueira’s Photographs

 

“Gilberto Gil, le pouvoir de la musique”. Gilberto Gil the Power of Music – Realization: Dominique Dreyfus – Production: Yve Billon – Distribution Zaradoc – Paris – France

 

Celebrities immortalized by Lita Cerqueira

 

Alceu Valence, Arrigo Barnabe, Caetano Veloso, Carlinhos Brown, Cazuza, Chico Buarque, Dorival Caymmi, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal, João Gilberto, Jorge Ben, Luis Melodia, Maria Bhetania, Milton Nacimento, Nana Vasconcelos, Ney Matogrosso, Peter Tosh, Regina Case, Zézé Motta, among others.

 

Private Collections


Adriana Calcanhotto, Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Caetano Veloso, Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Cissa Guimarães, Actress & Presenter, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Dede Veloso, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

 

Elizabeth Monteiro de Carvalho, Business Woman, Brazil

 

Gilberto Gil, Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Hamilton Moreira: Director of the Curitiba Ophthalmological Hospital, Curitiba, Brazil

 

Julio Bressan, Movie Director, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Luiz Melodia (in memorium), Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Mariana de Morães, Actress & singer, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Marília Gil, Gilberto Gil Daughter and Producer, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

 

Moreno Veloso, Caetano Veloso son, Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Neville d´Almeida, Movie Director/ Writer/ Artist Multimedia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Ney Matogrosso, Singer/Composer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Regina Casé, Actress & Presenter, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Ricardo Fernandes, Art Collector, Paris, France

 

Viviane Suarez de Sampaio, Art Collector from Curitiba, Brazil

 

 

 

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Photos copyright Lita Cerqueira and Ricardo Fernandes Gallery.