A glance. A click. A moment immortalized in a frame.
Photographer Gigi Monteiro pursues photography with the levity and liberty that the art requires. For Monteiro, photography and traveling have always been a passion. Interestingly, perhaps from seeing herself so much in the media, her work draws inspiration from both the natural and urban landscape rather than people. Sometimes, inspired by metalanguage, the object within the photo transforms into a secondary meaning. This São Paulo photographer’s imagination works to create playful abstractions.
Her current piece, “Nature Overlaps”, is composed of several “layers” of photographs presented on methacrylate. This impressive piece assembles the photographs into a three dimensional work of art which has become her signature style. Capturing the exuberance of Brazil’s natural beauty, especially the Mata Atlântica forest, is a theme that distinguishes her from all others. She also applies her amazing technique to maritime scenes and iconic skylines. As she observes the Mata Atlântica forest with her camera, from the garden of her country house extending to the east of Paraguay, she extracts the most powerful offerings: precious shades of green, textures of leaves and tree trunks, and the majesty of the tree canopies bathed by the sun. And if she excites us with such beauty, her work also subconsciously points to the darker side of this beauty; the fact that there is only 10% left of this glorious vegetation due to the brutal realities of deforestation.
Her most recent incursions in Brazil and abroad are aimed to the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO, whether Cultural, Natural or Intangible. They are composed of no less than 1,092, in 167 sites - 21 of them Brazilians -, 54 in danger of extinction. Especially those nature related and of architectural complexes as well as cities of less favored countries, many of these regions suffer some type of risk, as a result of deforestation, in the case of the Amazon and the Atlantic Forest, civil wars, dictatorships and other extreme situations. The artist's gaze, however, intends on capturing positivity and hope, illuminating what’s most beautiful and special at each stop where she focuses her lenses.
Since her debut in 2014, she has participated in two solo exhibitions and sixteen expressive collectives, including "Contemporary Brazilian Art" in New York, documented in a book of the same name (2016). The most recent exhibitions were “23rd Salon International D’Art Contemporain” in Paris, October 2018, "International Contemporary Art in Rome”, at the Velli Palace in Rome, July 2018 and "Novas Cores" at the “Instituto Arte em Movimento” in São Paulo, Brazil, April 2018. The shows in Europe brought her attention by international critics, so much so that the first honor of her career comes from Europe. International recognition include a Laureate in Bologna, Italy, with the Raffaello International Art Prize, awarded by the curators Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo.