2017 was a tough year for Brazil, full of crisis, political failures and a limited amount of artistic output. The ELLE Magazine December/17 issue was about beauty…beauty which feeds our imagination and breaks old standards. Famous Brazilian personalities recreated 5 iconic paintings in a stunning photo session directed by Luciano Schmitz to illustrate how art can be humanized.
Visual curiosity, playfulness, and creativity remain just as important during a time that is defined by crises. Looking at the world openly may not be a political act, but holding on to the ability to do so is essential.
Wolfgang Tillmans, Zeit Magazine International Issue (N°2 Fall – Winter 2017)
The transgender model Lea T personified Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus
David Hockney’s Joiners was interpreted by the musician and composer Caetano Veloso
Actress Sonia Braga incarnated Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Edvard Munch’s The Scream was turned into something more whimsical by the theater legend José Celso Martinez Corrêa.
Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss reflects love as embodied by the African American power couple Tais Araujo and Lázaro Ramos.