Studies on the Dignity of the Human Person, series 2018/2020
Archival print on cotton paper
35 x 40cm
Edition 1/5 + 2PA
Studies on the Dignity of the Human Person* shows a subject cropping from the current political-socioeconomic scenario in São Paulo, Brazil.
On my daily walk through the region where I am based – Paulista Avenue, downtown of the city of São Paulo, I raise awareness about: it is possible to literally stumble at every moment across individuals thrown alongside the sidewalks. Stripped of any human dignity, and as if they were not there, despised and repelled by thousands of by-passers – otherwise their neighbors. And with no assistance by the Federal Government.
In this artistic process, I wish to “withdraw them” from the streets and make them visible, to reveal and confer upon them human dignity. Thus, in a dark and silent background – as a “social blackout” for their invisibility – I seek, to reconnect them with their human essence, while evoking the other (observer) to recognize them as their equal.
* Dignity of the human person is a term used by the Federal Constitution in Brazil. As a fundamental principle, its purpose is to ensure to man a minimum of rights that should be respected by the society and by the public power to preserve the value of the human being.