Last week I attended the new Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibition, Beauty CULTure. The show got me thinking about the work of André França, a Brazilian photographer, who has created a project titled, Vanishing. As a woman, I can interpret his work in so many ways. For me, it’s about loss, about becoming invisible, about our culture and the desire to turn back time, or about those were lost to abuse and murder. André doesn’t have a statement for this project, as he prefers to have the viewer bring their own interpretations to the work.
André was born in Brazil and received an M.A. in Communication and Contemporary Culture at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Currently living in Salvador, Brazil, André creates his work all over the world, including New York City, London and in Brazilian cities. His first photography exhibition was held in Salvador, Brazil, in 2003. Since then his work has been displayed in solo and group shows at the Goethe-Institut gallery in Salvador, Brazil (2008), A Gentil Carioca gallery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009), and at the X Bienal do Recôncavo in São Félix, Brazil (2010). His work has been published in “10×15” and “Muito” magazines, in exhibition catalogues, as well as featured on art and photography blogs on the internet. His work also appears in private collections.