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Esperança Terena – The Photography of Eliseu Cavalcante at ESPASSO, NY

Brazilian photographer Eliseu Cavalcante traveled to the land of the Terena tribe in July 2013, documenting the daily lives of its members, shortly after they reclaimed the Esperança farm site, located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, which the Terenas have been trying to recover since the end of the war with Paraguay in 1870.  As the photographer’s main focus is to bring attention to the land conflict involving Brazil’s indigenous tribes, the body of work reveals the tribe’s struggle, the innocence of their children and the faith and syncretism of the community. Presently shown at ESPASSO, NY, is a selection of photographs from this body of work, on view through August 10th. Check out more information about the project here.

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