Odù
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Many different pathways are travelled from the Bahia countryside to the coast, culminating at one of the largest popular markets in Salvador. Located in a peripheral region, it attracts a large public from all social classes. It is a place of local traditions of african brazilian culture, which organized itself in an almost organic way and manages to pulse and thrive amidst a city which suffocates. This unique movement contains elements of organization which remit back to post slavery african-brazilian heritage, the power of commerce and of marginal economies as well as to the memories of vernacular structures which are unique and deserve records, narratives and fictions.

The story of this essay begins in the search for fragments of diaspora within a family group.
An african descendant negro and a "mameluco" woman meet, body and soul, in the south of Minas Gerais.
In this first cutout, a story of ancestry took place, soon giving origin to a new search for identity in a mixed raced and post colonial country which fragmented and spread out various african matrices.
The legacy of this first encounter, generations later, after a contemporary migration to the northeast, now finds himself in the geographic space of Feira de São Joaquim, which becomes the element and means of continuing on the pursuit of a black identity in Salvador, in Bahia.
Part of this search is to organize visual codes through this relationship with the Fair about who is the black individual in this story of diaspora, which is composed of cutouts of incomplete memories, transferred knowledge, baggage, experiences and romanticism, in order to form a multicultural repertoire that is based on an inheritance which is almost imaginary, of the african negro of that bygone time, in a visual unfolding narrative.
"Odù" is an African Yoruba word that represents signs of Ifá which is a oracle used to visualize spiritual matters. The odùs are predestinations in which all of us are vulnerable and it influences our characteristics according to african beliefs