Sanctuary began when photographer André Cunha went on search of people living apart from urban society. In 2016 he encountered a family in a rural region of Southern Brazil leading an unusual lifestyle in the face of the impositions of an increasingly technological world.
We suggest viewing on a large screen. Smaller images can be enlarged. All photographs are archival pigment prints on Photo Rag Satin 310 gsm. paper, from an edition of 10.
Of German origin, the patriarch arrived in Brazil in 1994, when he met his Brazilian wife. Both parents and their four children subsist on agriculture. Distant to the amenities of the contemporary world, this family creates their own material and spiritual sustenance, based on a natural, sustainable and simple life, nevertheless full of peculiarities.
Within the universe portrayed, where many would see scarcity, André Cunha saw power, creativity and beauty that, says the photographer, perhaps the great majority of us have lost.
The sensuality that emanates from these photographs is moving and makes one think of Love and Nature, looking from the outside, trying to guess where humanity is going.
Born on 1971 in the state of Rio de Janeiro, André Cunha began his career at the age of 18 as an editorial photographer. Settled in São Paulo, were he now lives and works, Cunha was selected for the Brazilian edition of the Magnum Caravan, on its 70th anniversary, which took place during the traditional Photography Festival of Tiradentes. He was awarded the Honorable Mention at the Brazil Photography Award - Porto Seguro 2016 for Sanctuary. The series was exhibited at Utópica gallery in 2018.
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