Archive for May, 2012

Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

May 18, 2012

While still in Lima, I was browsing an old issue from a defunct French photography magazine that focuses on photography collectives. I discovered this project, Cura Loca which is a collaboration between French photographer Stephane Moiroux and Peruvian Amazonian painter Paolo Del Aguila Sajami.

It depicts people undergoing treatments for various ailments (physical, mental, spiritual) by local shamans in the Peruvian Amazon (mostly around the city of Pucallpa) and often using psychoactive plants such as ayahuasca.

Del Aguila paints over Moiroux’s photographs with fascinating results.

Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

These photos try to accomplish the impossible; depict the mental state of someone undergoing these traditional treatments. Still, the results are surprising and a true collaboration. These photos without the painting would be totally different. Also Del Aguila’s paintings only vaguely resemble his contributions to these photographs. Here’s a sample of one of his paintings:

Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

Moiroux doesn’t have a personal website but this page has several galleries of his work, including Cura Loca. You can see this series on La Lettre de la Photographie.

Supay Fotos – Border

May 13, 2012

It’s a couple of months now since I left Iquitos, but I still have the jungle on my mind.

Supay Fotos is a collective of photographers in Peru who work both individually as well as a collaborating on projects. While I was in Lima they had a show of photos on Iquitos called Borde (which means border or edge, as in ‘the edge of reason’). One of their members, Adrian Portugal, whom I had the pleasure of meeting while I was in Iquitos, recently sent me some photos of the project.

From the series ‘Borde’ by Supay Fotos

From the series ‘Borde’ by Supay Fotos

From the series ‘Borde’ by Supay Fotos

Again, I was super-lucky to be in Lima and be able to visit this show. Here are a couple of photos from the exhibit:

Exhibition of ‘Borde’ in Lima

Exhibition of ‘Borde’ in Lima

The New¬† Yorker published one of Portugal’s images for a story back in 2010. For the occasion, their blog Photo Booth, wrote a post about Supay’s work.