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Linha Vermelha (Red Line)

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Linha Vermelha (Red Line)

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Over the past two or three years I have moved an uncountable number of times through the Red Line of Sao Paulo's subway, which connects the center with the east side of the city. By moving forward and backward during the city's more crowded hours, my intention was to join the emotionally and corporally intense experience of three million people who live on the east side periphery. Having to share the space, smells, sounds, and skin surfaces of a crowded and claustrophobic metro car is an involuntarily intimate experience, which I have shared and photographed with a smartphone.

During the same period of time, I photographed jam sessions of contact improvisation, a form of dance founded on expansive and sensitive body interaction between two or more people. Founded on techniques of weight transference and body consciousness, movements in contact improvisation are harmonious even though they are improvised. The aim of the dancers is to learn from the quality of others' body movements as a metaphor for human relations.

When I associated both realities in the book Linha Vermelha (Red Line) (2013-15), I noticed how, when juxtaposed, the images dialogued well. The experiences were at the same time opposed and similar, so that when observed by inattentive eyes, they could appear the same. …

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