BY SARA DE JESUS BENTO
Sara De Jesus Bento is a photographer and film maker. She was born in 1984 in Marinha-Grande in Portugal, lives and works between Paris and Lisbon. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Le Mans, and a Bachelor in Arts minor photo Paris 8 University, she joined the National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD) Paris in photography and video. In 2010, She continues her photographic research by an exchange studies at the Aalto University School of Arts and Design – Taik in Helsinki, Finland, and she graduated in 2012 from the ENSAD. She works mainly around the representation of landscape, distance, objects and body in its environment through her encounters with places and people that become the scene and the actors of a picture and a story. She exposed and participated in Festivals through the France, Helsinki and Bogota. In 2012 and 2013 her short film “The hunting down song” was selected to the Festival “Traces de Vies” in Clermont-Ferrand, France and to the Film Festival Salon de la Luz Volume IV in Bogoto, Colombia.
Latitude specifies the distance of a place from the equator, it's a point on the Earth. This project was born from a desire to explore the landscape by walking and to represent it with a sensitive and visual aspect. Located on the outskirts of towns or residential areas, I'm interested in wilderness forgotten. These areas have been exploited and then abandoned losing their identity and their function. This is the gap between the non-viable place and the space interest me - “the non place as the place of all possibilities”*, free interpretation. I captured these landscapes with a pinhole camera. The use of this tool was a way for me to experience this rudimentary process, and to represent the landspace with a particular look, a softer aesthetic, imperceptible. To grasp the variation in time with pause slowler. Create a meeting with this setting, without the human presence is represented but suggested with the intention to provide a perception open to poetry and imagination for the viewer. *Statement by the Stalker group.
The presented project was selected from a spontaneous submission made by Sara de Jesus. Our aim is to disseminate and bring to light telling work of emergent or young photographers.