‘Renascença’ by Claire Felicie
"In 2014, I stayed with the Xukuru Indians in Pernambuco, Brazil, for 5 weeks. One of the reasons I visited them was because I am fascinated by the re-identification of the indigenous peoples and the Xukuru are among them. After five centuries of repression by the colonizers, who violently repressed their culture and religion, the Xukuru are in the process of reviving and restoring what has been lost.
I have photographed 300 individual Xukuru with my iPhone, and I used only the Hipstamatic app. I chose the Tinto 1884 beforehand, because I wanted to emphasize this ambivalence: this mix of the modern with the traditional; the old with the new, and by doing so, raise the question: What is authentic? What is fake? Is this ‘re-identification’ possible or is their ‘authentic’ culture definitely and irreversibly lost? Or are these people creating a new kind of identity; fit for the 21st century?"
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