A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
332: Carving a statue
In the late eighties of the last century, a large-scale exhibition of regional and national handicrafts (artesanato) was held for the first time in the large exposition halls of Expominas. Since then, this expo is held annually, a few weeks before Christmas. Every year has its own theme; in 2011, it was: ‘São Francisco, O Rio and O Santo’, about the São Francisco river, the lifeline of South-East and North-East Brazil. Over seven thousand exhibitors show their – mostly – self-produced goods to over 160 thousand visitors. There are also some demonstrations of handwork, in which skillful hands conjure a work of art from a raw object. In the photo, a wood artist is busy chiseling and cutting a wooden statue of Virgin Mary.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017