for visiting me.
If you are here to see my professional production right away,
But if you have some extra time we can have a little chat and I would briefly explain about the paths I took that led me to this professional road as a journalist, a professor and a photographer. So please, be my guest.
After working as a journalist and a lecturer for 18 years, I expertise the last ten years in open, flexible and distance learning.
I´ve had the chance to experience and observe multiple educational scenarios, a contemporaneous
construct of online educational production in many institutions in Brazil (from inside).
At the moment I am in a search to funding an online course project about democracy i am screenwriting, besides researching to my PhD project where I want to connect my audiovisual experience, to my interests in m-learning and u-learning. My goal is suggest a m- learning audiovisual language, to effectively affect - also in Spinoza´s terms) - teenagers (in crisis).
I am beggning - also - to instructional designing my own online courses in partnership with the design artist and photographer Juh Moraes.
As a freelance journalist I have learned to listen and distinguish gestures beyond words. I realized that the truth may be in different places and that the reporter´s role – of momentarily live the afflictions of other humans - compels me to ponder constantly about my own existence and what should be the priorities of life.
As the press agent executive at the National Institute of Colonization and Land Reform, (Incra/SC), I was able to observe closely the agrarian policy, its relations and contexts: often violent, always unequal. Although I fulfilled all the superintendency's communication coordination tasks , along with two assistants, I´ve had the opportunity to travel more than 250,000 kilometers by car to document the rural settlements, alone (literally) or to accompanied the superintendent in meetings and mediations during agrarian crisis with the latifundium owners, the Landless Workers' Movement and other organizations, in several cities and somebrazilian states. I also attended and provided information to hundreds of settled families - and to be settled - eventually, in some almost forgotten corner of Santa Catarina.
Unfortunately, for too many times, I´ve documented their ungrateful protagonism in a war for respect and a piece of land. Also, too many times, I could do nothing but cringe to the thought (and help them the way i could) - when I sensed the arid and stony ground, in that distant rugged area, burning under my sneakers/boot soles - because that view was what they should call home, and where they must cultivate a “new life”. On these occasions, João Cabral de Melo Neto´s rough words in “Life and Death of Severino”, the dramatic poem beautifully set to music for Chico Buarque, echoed in my mind:
“It's a big pit for your small cadaver
But you´d be wider than you were in the world
It´s the part that belongs to you in this latifundium”.
They are people who battled/battle against prejudice and all kinds of adversity. That means: life and death living too closer, right beside their black canvas tents. An inestimable, life changing, hard experience.
By becoming a lecturer in 2003, I sign a long term contract where I accepted the assignment to be open-minded and always ready to learn, so I could share with effectiveness and credibility, but also with affection and empathy.
As part of this agreement, my classes subjects are a mix: technique-aesthetic-ethic- and the application of those these contents in ordinary-everyday-real life. From where I come, is hard to make students come to class (and stay awake after a long day - and I am also talking about the online learners - and keep them studying. Harder is to make them socially aware of themselves, their options and importance as individuals and as citizen.
But, we, a teachers or lecturers, keep encouraging them to choose life and its challenges with humor, serenity and with trustful information and knowledge.
The option they have it are hard to beat: the safety of repetition; the easy answers to the complex questions; the arduous mission of being a honest and empathic person in a corrupt and unequal society; the bright, promises of violence and all its powerful , tenacious and charming, proposals.
With my degrees (Journalism; graduate studies (specializations) in Literature and Audiovisual Communication and a Masters in Communication and Languages) I´ve taught and I teach to technical and higher education, in-class (18 years) and distance education (10 years) in several private and federal universities and institutions (UnC, Uninter, Intersaberes, Unibrasil, IFPR, FAPI, Interead, Genius, Kultivi, etc.) in many programs and courses – mainly Journalism, Design, Photography and Advertising and Propaganda. Nonetheless, I´ve had the also chance to give classes in Architecture, Art Education, Pedagogy, Administration&Marketing and Biology Science programs.
Far more than to teach, be a professor gave/give me the opportunity to listen, share and connect to incredible, wise, sensitive, solid - and hopeful people.
My first academic research was throught a CNPq scholarship about Nossa Senhora do Desterro island cultural life among 1889 -1899 - after Brazilian Republic Proclamation (1889), the Armed Revolution (1893-1894) and during the Federalist Revolution (1893-1895). Amongst those dark years, the city staged its own version of Salem witch trials, with more than 200 killings and other horrible war crimes.
Desterro was doomed the moment Moreira César desembarked on the island. The bloodthirsty lieutenant colonel was sent by the president, marshal Floriano Peixoto, to promote an “ajuste de cuentas”, against the rebels, who were also, the city intellectual elite.
It was fascinating to understand how ironic and bitter Santa Catarina´s state capital city name is, since 1889: Florianópolis. Many brazilians believe, wrongfully, the actual island´s name just reflects its beauty: "flor" means flower in portuguese.
One important experience, besides being elected (with 99% of votes) coordinator of Journalism Department (UnC – Concórdia), was the awarded project TV program, “Papo Cabeça” which I directed and supervised with a colegue.
The TV show was entirely produced by students and transmited in a local Curitiba TV and to 400 Uninter´s e-learning poles in Brazil.
Nonetheless, most of my life I researched about image - framed or in motion, fictional or (intending to be) real. I must say I always enjoyed and reflected in an interdisciplinary way - and that cause me trouble to fit into the academic burocracy.
I split my attention into: gender studies; TV and movie narratives; feminism; LGBTIQ + and other social movements audiovisual production; a history
of the human body in photography; documentary photography; direction of photography, webdocumentary; small cinemas.
The medium movie "Drag Story: Lendas e Babados" was one of the first movies about drag queens in Brazil, was the result of the graduation project - with a classmate - in 1997. It received an honoroble mention at Pierre Verger Prize, given by Brazilian Association of Anthropology.
You can see some of the audiovisual graduation projects and classroom TV works I supervised (or produced), here in my Youtube channel.
I coordinated two research groups: “Corporations and Images” and “Image: Confabulations of Communication”.
As a photographer I´ve been convinced that reality has much more than a thousand facets; that a photojournalistic / photodocumental ethics must be compromised to respect the character´s life, because people are far more than the subject of yours/her/his attention: they are living beings eventually in their worst/happiest moment.
I also learned that photo shooting has many dimensions and layers, conected to the references, visual/technical aspects the professional possess. It´s a mix of precision, singularity and eventual astound. Because life, is loyal only to its own unpredictability ...and that´s exactly what makes me still passionate about photography.
When I witnessed film turning into digital, I sensed that, at some point, the binary code flexibility would change things for good.
From these learning, practices, reflections came out the “organic photography” concept 13 years ago. Organic Photography seeks the human body´ spontaneity and the good use of photographic technique - without the aid of large mechanical artifacts, dozens on set, besides all the technology you already have at hand.
Mainly, it doesn’t colaborate with the ungoverned use of editing tools, because the body is valued in what it possesses from fragile and strong: the flesh and its transience.
I believe everybody should return to society the results of the support and lucky some of us had, so I volunteer. I usually am volunteer as a lecturer - but I´ve had the overwhelming chance to cuddled babies and help their first steps, and to support emotionally teens.
I am used to give photography, art, filming, film analysis or communication
workshops/course to schools, LGBTQ+ institutions; libraries, children support associations; non-governmental organizations, comunity associations, etc.
I volunteer to photograph professionally events to transgenders groups; teenage girls in foster homes celebrations; disable people in their graduation day; environmental events; parades for democracy; women rights; against fascism; traditional carnival groups, etc.
The sea has been a very intimate and personal friend all these years, and I have an emotional bound with it. The environmental project “Brief Inventory of our Lack of Good Sense”, is the way I can say “thank you”. I capture, collect and disposal the garbage I find on the beaches of the coast city i live, Imbituba, where I moved - escaping from a two milion habitants city - and where I am now, also, a municipal culture councilor (2018 – 2020), in Santa Catarina.
As part of the project I also send some of the recovered material to the companies who must be accountable for the trash they help to create: asking to improve their reverse logistic and to - really - contribute with environmental education.
"Viageiras" is a female driver empowerment project, because I live in Brazil: a dangerous place to be women. Violence and crimes against not only women, but LGBTQ+, blacks and the poor are usual and naturalized. Drive alone as a woman in my country can be a deadly adventure . Since I have a lot of experience driving as a journalist, as a media consultant, around the country, day and night, most of the time alone, i feel I could exchange the experience.
I have also a special and long term photographic project which cares about the human body and the way it has been bashed, opressed, distressed, outraged in so many societies. The body is a constellation of possibilities reduced to a mass of ungenerous and inadequate ideals that lead to bizarre stereotypes.
“Aesthesis” is an appropriation in order to naturalize it, after all objectification and molestation. So... I capture different nude bodies, individually or not, from disparate social classes, cultural backgrounds, etc.
Of so many identities that live in the same geographic space of ourselves and the other, the body is what individualizes us most and also, what we have of greatest in common. Flesh, skin, nuances, muscles, nookes, minutiae, unrevelead secrets yet to tell...
I undress, cut, intertwine, confuse, in plans often closed - with high ISOs and no pos-edition. I see people with other eyes - less discreet and more benign and I navigate unconcernedly on that imaginary frontier between/among eroticism, pornography
(or neither - you can tell me).
If you have more than 18 years old you can see the whole gallery of pictures here.
Happy to say that my poetry book is being illustrated by Juh Moraes and soon it will be at Amazon.com
I am also writing a book with the experiences I´ve had for supporting some way - somehow - young people while I was in class.
In too many societies, the teachers/professors/lectures know their responsabilities go far beyond the classroom.
Being an professional of Education in Brazil demand you to try hard to make the classroom a safe place for your (bullied) students. Sometimes you need to contribute with a hamburguer or a bus ticket in the class end. Many days they just need a hug or also someone they can talk to, because nobody else is listening.
I hope the chronicles help parents,
daughters and sons, families which are struggling to communicate.
Well, I hope I havent bored you. I know - as a (web)journalism professor – the rules for hypertexts, ... but, I ´ve been breaking some rules...
All those stories and experiences are a significant part of who I am as an individual, a professor; as a journalist, a photographer, a student, a person.
If you want any other professional information, you can always ask me.
Thank you for yout time :) .