Eder Chiodetto has a Masters in Communication and Arts from the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He is an independent curator of photography and video. Eder Chiodetto. The Brazilian nation arose based on a complex blend of peoples and cultures. Due to historical circumstances, every Brazilian is a multifaceted. 6 results for Books: “Eder Chiodetto”. Product Details German Lorca (Em Portugues do Brasil). Jan 1, by Eder Chiodetto (Org.).

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The methodic research of such a complex theme as the Brazilian religious manifestations has transformed; him and his photographic work. Photography leaves its role as a support art where one only records impressions, to becoming an extension of his deep immersion in this new universe.

It leaves behind its one-way documenting to being the legitimate and dialogic of one encounter with the other, the unnamable with the Divine. The idea of having the keyword trance for our edition came to me after realizing how the devotees from the most varied religions search for ways to transcend reality.

Religion, from this point of view, would serve as a refuge, a sacred place of gathering and comfort. Evolving to the point where object becomes subject, demolishing frontiers between the artist and the theme.

The object becomes a mirror. In a vertiginous flow, the light, color, texture and movement becomes an emphatic representation of the Divine, the Transcendent. For that, the act of photography leaves the door to chance consciously open.

As I was re-reading the transcript of our interview I realized that, in this case, no one better than the author could describe his own experience in creating this book.

My life changed when I started watching movies about the backwoods, such as the ones of Walter Salles and Glauber Rocha. That was just fantastic; it got stuck in my mind. That was when I took this theme for myself and which I may take for the rest of my life. I have photographed my first pilgrimage in I come from a family of Lawyers, but they have always influenced me in the arts field. My aunt Andrea Benchimol is a painter. I used to get those painting collections from the newsstand and then, when I turned seven to eight years old, I started painting.

I still have some of these paintings from that time. After that I gave it up. Today I like to see it as the naive style I had that time. I was only 15 and liked Volpi already.

I was aware of the week of Modern Art. While others used to study m ath, I was studying arts. I was taken by that. It was my first exhibition and it was quite a shock! Later I was influenced by an uncle who lives in Rio, Andre Costa dos Santos, who had a manual camera and taught me how to use it.


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And finally at age 17 I got my first camera, a Nikon N I passed the test for Law at that time and, at the same time, I started photographing. I guess one of the reasons was to escape a little from the formality of law school. I graduated with a Law degree, knowing deep inside that it was not for me….

It was a week-long course and he taught me all the technical aspects of photography. During law school, photography was parallel to it. I have pictures of that time, since Something that had impressed me a lot, was when I was 23 years old and decided to follow the Santiago Path in Spain. I walked all km in 37 days and when I got back I was deeply changed. I returned being sure that Law was not for me.

Today I am a photographer and have left all the rest behind. My first exhibition was a collective inwith Fernando Del Pretti. The first individual exhibition was not until 10 years later. I like to be involved in projects that take years to mature before being exhibited. At that time I was already a mystical person, which I still am. The religiosity of those people made my faith stronger, and also moved me and enriched my pre-existent immaterial culture.

Some of the pilgrims believed that Juazeiro is the New Jerusalem and that the world will end there. Well, at least that was what the media was portraying, and it interested me a great deal, for that is also religious from my point of view.

This is something I still shoot: People and communities who believe in the end of times. Some of them have already set a date. I have him on photos and videos. I photograph him every year. I intend to keep doing that. Something intriguing they have there is a community which lives from mendicancy: That woke me aesthetically for they wear blue robes with crosses painted on the back, carrying small flags. I want to photograph that! The next year I went to their homes, which are also blue and that made me interested in this theme, the one I follow until today: In I took my first trip to Recife during lent, to look for groups of Penitents.

The great majority of them are secret groups. So, after a lot of negotiation with people from Sergipe including the teacher Maurelina dos Santos I received permission to photograph them. The souls are hungry and they feed on prayers.

I fell in love with the theme.

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Common people leaving work, ladies leaving their favorite soap operas behind to pray and walk long distance singing wailing songs, even in Latin. Amongst them there are also a few groups, always formed by males, which practice self-flagellation.

A lot of blood came out of her back. The next day I visited her and her wounds were completely dry. The Penitents are my most extensive research subject.

I have documented groups. The leader is called Decurion and they hold a political role over these people and the community. This kind of penitence comes from Italy, where during the black plague; communities practiced self-flagellation to discover the cure for mankind. As it came to Brazil during the colonization era they assumed a new characteristic: The Penitence did not aim to save mankind from any disease: The rituals are similar all over the country, including their songs.


They stop 7 times during the pilgrimage at strategic points for singing and praying.

They use the chioedtto which is made at least in Cariri from deer leather with pieces of machetes cut at the edge.

They beat themselves very hard, losing a lot of blood. It is only over when their clothes are completely red with blood.

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When he orders someone to stop, he or she obeys him blindly. The Penitent hierarchy is very powerful and respected. Religion is even more important to me than the art. Religion first, art second for this is something that keeps me going, enjoying life and believing that the next day will be a better one.

I believe in reincarnation, I believe we are all just spending some time here, but the true place is in the afterlife. To be with these people, photograph them and talk to them, just increases my faith, even if they are of a different religion than my own. And that is the research I enjoy greatly, also the transcendence which is far greater. I am Kardecist now, but I was a Catholic before. Who knows maybe…I am open-minded.

So much that I profess the Spirits faith, but I also read about chiodtto things, Hindi philosophy, Buddhism…. Kardecism helps me answer questions about our existential anguish. What it is being born, living, dying?

Yet, what I photograph helps me in another way. It gives me spiritual strength. We are just on different paths. They give me knowledge.

Of course I have never lied to them, but I feel like being one of them anyway. I sing in Yoruba and Banto the few songs I know.

When I am with the Penitents I am part of the group.

My evolution from a documentarian to an artist happened when I started being more integrated with groups. This integration can only chiidetto through the codes of art.

This way I get into it in multiple forms: I start to get closer to people, I photograph them from 1 meter distance. I also get into it emotionally and spiritually.

It is love, faith and caring for the other.