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.

One Response to “Cura Loca – Stephane Moiroux & Paolo Del Aguila Sajami”


  1. […] I’m not usually a fan of painted-on photographs but I think the technique here works with the subject matter of the pictures. Ashuco is a local painter from Iquitos who generally works with florescent paint which is commonly used in the decoration of bars and discos in Iquitos. Interestlingly, last year I came across another project involving a photographer and a local painter from the jungle region of Peru that also involves painted-on photographs, Cura Loca by Stephane Moiroux and Paolo Del Aguila Sajami. […]


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