Niterói, RJ 1971
At the age of 18, André began his career as an editorial photographer. After graduation, he opened his own atelier in Rio de Janeiro, where he worked with art and design projects. Later he settled in São Paulo, where since then he develops his photographic work. Cunha was one of the selected for the event “Caravana Magnum” on its 70th anniversary, that took place in the Photography Festival of Tiradentes and in Rio de Janeiro, managed by the iconic agency Magnum Photos. He was also awarded with the Honorable Mention in the Brazil Photography Award 2016, held in 2017.
Manuel and Rose live with their four children in a place in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, the family subsists on organic agriculture and maintains an existence alien to the comforts of life in the city. Manuel is German, arrived in Brazil in 1994 and married Rose, who is Brazilian; they had two boys and two girls, the youngest is two and the oldest is twelve; the four are educated by their parents, literate in Portuguese and German until the age of seven, when they then go to school in the nearest village. At home there is no digital connection to the outside world, no internet, and with just an old cell phone in the case of an emergency, the only electronic gadget kids have is an old TV where sometimes they watch VHS tapes of German cartoons.
Manuel and Rose are exquisite tattoo artists and both have their bodies covered by a sophisticated drawing of filigrees that extend and grow from the feet to the skin of the face, one tattoos the other. The beauty and sensuality that emanate from the daily images of this family make us think about the choices we make in our lives, how we educate our children and how we live alienated by the consumer society; make us think of Love and Nature, the two primordial energies that should guide our existence. The family portrayed by André Cunha somehow achieves a dream, a kind of utopia. It is up to us, who are on the other side, to watch as we look around and try to guess where humanity is going.
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