Elsa Leydier’s series Braços Verdes e Olhos Cheios de Asas is an attempt to create a poetic and subjective representation of the Amazon, through the process of construction and deconstruction of images depicting the region.
“By revisiting different types of images – vernacular images and images from the press that contribute to the construction of the ‘imaginary of place’, along with photographs I shot in the Amazon region, and by inserting them in a flux of montages, collages, and plastic interventions, the image of the Amazon appears as a visual construction. A construction made from fragments extracted from glossy magazines pages and from an everyday-life, paced by the rhythm of the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.
In my photographic work, I aim to interrogate images that are used to define places or people. Through the act of collage, I create encounters between different types of images. By presenting them from different points of view that deviate from the usual stereotypes, I try to reveal the weakness and paradoxes carried by the images. I use images to represent places through the prism of alternative stories and narratives.”
Esla Leydier was featured in Earth Issue. Buy a copy here.