[Affection was washed clothes, food on the table and unity against the storms. Resisting as a family was the greatest proof of goodwill] (excerpt from the book ‘Salvar o fogo’ by Itamar Vieira Jr. Ed. Todavia. São Paulo, Brasil. 2023) (magnificent book!!!) ———– (photo: rural worker, Descalvado SP 2018 from the book ‘Rurais’ Antonio Mozeto. Ed. Origin. São Paulo, Brasil. 2021)
I invite friends and interested parties in general to the opening session of my ninth photography exhibition called RURAIS, which is installed in the lobby of the Rectory of UFSCar (Rod. Washington Luis s/n, São Carlos-SP, Brazil) which will be held, at the same location, tomorrow, April 11, 2023, at 2:00 pm.
It will be a great pleasure to welcome you!
photo: rural worker on sugar cane plantations in the municipality of Descalvado (SP-Brazil)
These two photographs belong to my project in which, for many years, I try to highlight the characteristics of a Brazil far from the big cities where very humble people live in places of great simplicity and peace: I call this BRAZIL “Profound Brazil”.
As I previously announced two days ago, the 9th Photo Exhibition (the 1st took place at USP in São Carlos-SP-Brazil in 2019) of my project and book published in 2021 called RURAIS is already installed in the lobby of the Rectory of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Rod. Washington Luiz, s/n – Monjolinho, São Carlos, SP-Brazil where he will remain until April 24, 2023.
There are 21 black and white photographs of rural workers from different locations in 4 Brazilian states: São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul that I took in the years 2018-2021.
I am immensely grateful to Mrs. Lourdes Moraes, Chief of Staff of the Rectory and Prof. Dr. Pedro Sérgio Fadini, ProRector of Research (ProPq) at UFSCar for the invitation to set up this exhibition, for the warm welcome and for making this wonderful space available at the Rectory. Thanking Mrs. Lourdes and Prof. Pedro, I am also respectfully thanking all the senior management at UFSCar in São Carlos, a house that was my home for 45 years.
I would be more than happy with the visit of the entire UFSCar community as well as other visitors from the cities of São Carlos and the region!
Visitation will take place from Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 19:00.
In due course, we will disclose the date and time of an opening act for the exhibition and a date/time of a possible visit guided by me.
PHOTO: rural workers returning to their homes after a hard day’s work. Rural area of the municipality of São João Batista do Glória (MG-Brasil). 2018.
Photo exhibition. Hall of the rectory building of the Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, SP-Brasil. March/2023.
I have an umbilical connection with rural workers. My parents were farmers, landowners in the interior of the state of São Paulo.
In my childhood and adolescence I worked on the land in various activities. I am immensely proud of my past. This project is a tribute to my parents, Antonio Mozetto and Eliza Llobregat, sisters/brother and their families who have enjoyed the benefits of the land throughout their lives.
It is also dedicated to other countless and tireless rural workers in this immense country who dedicate themselves hard to the daily and heavy work in the production of the food that arrives at our tables.
“The simple men and women of the countryside who live off the land and for the land on their small rural properties and many others who daily shed their sweat in labor on other people’s properties and businesses are those who know the true value of the land, love the land , love their places. They are the authentic, anonymous and invisible heroes and heroines and, truly, the strongest of this country” (Mozeto, Antonio. Rurais. Editora Origin. São Paulo (SP). 125 pp. 2021).
My photograph in this project is a telluric manifestation about these people and their activities, which, however painful and sometimes cruel, are deliciously happy and poetic. It is this charm that insists on overcoming the social ills that I seek to portray.
My hope is that this project will contribute to highlighting how precious Brazil’s rural workers are.