4th edition of Exchanging Glances – Images of two Cultures, Rio de Janeiro and Toronto
“If they called me to live in Toronto I would get my four cats and move the next day”. That’s what Ana Rodrigues answered when asked if she liked the experience of photographing in the largest city in Canada – and one of the main financial centers of the country. Ana was one of the photographers invited by the CCBC to participate in the Olhares Cruzados (Exchanging Glances) project, which in this edition includes records in Toronto and Rio de Janeiro. Her work is part of an exhibition which opened last October in Rio and will land in Canadian lands in the future.
The Exchanging Glances project aims to promote cultural exchange and rapprochement between the two nations. The idea is always to invite a Brazilian to photograph in Canada and a Canadian to photograph in Brazil, which leads to the organization of an exhibition and the publication of a photo book. The foreigner who was in Rio was the photographer Robert Divito, specialized in fashion, beauty and advertising.
Ana says she did not want to know much about Toronto before landing in the city, where she spent a week in June this year to take pictures. Her idea was to have a freer impression and only later buy a History book about the region. “Toronto is very cosmopolitan and you feel at home on the streets. There are a lot of people from other countries and the cuisine so varied, I’ve never seen anything like it”, says the photographer, who has spent time in Lisbon, Portugal, and Sucre, Bolivia.
Robert believes that Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the most photogenic and documented cities in the world, which has increased its challenge in adding a different perspective to the work. “My favorite spot to photograph was Joatinga beach. The ocean, the rocks and the waves form a powerful and attractive ensemble”, he says.
The first edition of Exchanging Glances, in 2014, honored the cities of São Paulo and Montreal. In 2017, it was the turn of Vancouver and Florianópolis, besides Brasilia and Ottawa. The work is an initiative of the CCBC in partnership with the consulates of Brazil in Canada and the consulates of Canada in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro
The National Archives received the exhibition “Olhares Cruzados: Imagens de Duas Culturas” from October 24 to December 21, 2018 at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The project is an initiative of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Consulates of Brazil in Canada and Consulates of Canada in Brazil.The exhibition had free admission and was visited by the public from Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm.
The exhibition in Rio de Janeiro featured 90 images. Students from public schools interacted with the works, through art-educational activities, creating their own works of art.
Source: Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada