Portuguese emigrants are the protagonists of a patent exhibition at the Consulate of Portugal in Paris, the French capital. The aim of the exhibition “Faces – From Visible to Invisible”, coassinada Portuguese photographer and journalist Ricardo Figueira, is to make a picture that demystify prejudices associated with Lusitanian community.
“The exhibition has 25 portraits, accompanied by testimonials of these people. Testimonials have to do with the perception that one has of it is to be Portuguese in France, with its positioning against the clichés that exist and the face of French society in general”.
According to the Portuguese, this project, carried out jointly with the Portuguese-French researcher Elizabeth Machado, is the result of the desire to show that not all Portuguese are trowels and that not all gates are Portuguese.
“Many people in France have the idea that the Portuguese is limited to two or three professions, such as wife-to-day, the gate and the man works, and we’re all brunettes, shorties and mustache,” said the photographer.
“I do not want to fight the clichés nor assert it is I say. There are people of all body types, all ages, of both sexes, to make all professions, scattered throughout France”, said Ricardo Figueira, who opted for black and white photography, to ennoble their faces, and, in most cases, the depicted withdrew any attribute of professional distinction.
According to the author, the portraits “are all black and white because black and white is timeless.” “I tried different images of passport portraits that are fashionable in contemporary photography. Wanted to make pictures that were at the same time, but with some classic elements that make the difference, like the reflections and the game looks,” he explained.