Mauricio Vieira: Viviendo Angola
Mauricio Vieria is Brazilian, an entrepreneur, a writer and a photographer. He has spent several years in Angola, a country he loves: one which he has depicted extensively and to which he often returns. From Paris, where he currently lives, Mauricio has sent us the following images from his latest book.
“I did not choose Angola. Angola chose me and I am all the more fortunate for it. As an outsider, on the one hand I see the Angola shaped by war, by the scarcity and tattered dreams left in the wake of the civil war, and beleaguered by colonialism. The Angola that interests me, however, is another; one that lies further back but at the same time safeguards the seeds for its future. An eternal, pre-historic Angola which is to be found in the hidden torrents of the baobab trees, in the very skin of the people, on the surface of the mountain that Livingstone displayed to us like the Highlands of Scotland, in the skin of those boys playing football in Brazil shirts, in the skin of that grandmother with her grandson on her back, in the multicolour skin of Angola fans at the football ground… It is this subcutaneous vibration that I seek, the vibration that makes Angola an enchanted soul.”