Ricardo Teles

August 2, 2012 - September 2, 2012

The Jamary dos Pretos Community, Maranhao state.
1998
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Frechal Community. Maranhao state.
1994
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Vao do Moleque (Kid's Valley), Kalunga Community, Goias state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Frechal Community. Maranhao state.
1996
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles.

A dead Anaconda. Jamari Village. Trombetas Community. Para state.
1996
Pigment print
24x20"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Frechal Commmunity, Maranhao state.
1994
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Igarapes dos Pretos Community, Para state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Mother Maria. Jamary dos Pretos Community. Maranhao state.
2000
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teleste.

Frechal Community. Maranhao state.
1996
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Igarapes dos Pretos Community. Para state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Mother Maria, Paula and Coca, three generations. Jamary dos Pretos Community. Maranhao state.
2000
Pigment print
24x20"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Zezinho's School. Rio das Ras Community. Bahia state.
1995
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Jamary dos Pretos Community. Maranhao state.
1998
Pigment print
24x20"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Frechal Community. Maranhao state.
1996
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The ruins of the colonal sugar mill at the Frechal Community. Maranhao state.
1996
Pigment Print
24x20"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Children parade at the Frechal community. Maranhao state.
1994
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The sailors and the Careta (Grimace). The Marujada festival at the Mangal Community. Bahia state.
1998
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The Community's day at Frechal. The arrival of electricity. Maranhao state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

D'Abadia day at the Vao das Almas (Souls' Valley). Kalunga Community.Goias state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Saint Goncalo day and coronation of the Emperor at the Vao do Moleques (Kid'sValley). Kalunga Community.Goias state.
2001
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Master Aguinelo. Rio das Ras Community. Bahia state.
1995
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Spirit Center of Master Andrelino. Rio das Ras Community. Bahia state
1995
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

A Marroon. Lambe Sujo Festival. Sergipe state.
2009
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Spirit Center of Master Emiliano, Maranhao state.
2009
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The Queen Iemanja Spirit Center, Maranhao state.
2009
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

A Congo Dancer during the Sao Benedito Say, Sao Paulo state.
2008
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Mocambique Dancers during the Sao Benedito Day. Sao Paulo state.
2009
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Congo Dancers at the Arthuros' Community. Minas Gerais state.
2007
Pigment print
24x20"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The Umbanda celebration. Sao Paulo state.
2011
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

The offerings to the Queen Iemanja, Sao Paulo state.
2010
Pigment print
20x24"

Image © Ricardo Teles

Ricardo Teles

Terras de Preto

The phrase terras de preto refers to rural Afro-Brazilian communities with centuries-old origins in the colonial slave trade. Also known as quilombos, these locations share complex histories of resistance in Brazil: runaway slaves seeking autonomy and solidarity together formed communal settlements, sometimes growing to number in the tens of thousands.

For his “Terras de Preto” project, photographer Ricardo Teles documented nine of these communities as they exist today in the Brazilian states of São Paulo, Goiás, Bahia, Pernambuco, Maranhão, and Pará. Blue Sky is proud to present 22 original prints from Teles’ black- and-white series along with eight color images from “Encantados,” Teles’ ongoing documentary project about the reinvention of African identity as expressed in contemporary Afro-Brazilian events and celebrations.

Ricardo Teles was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1966 and has lived and worked in São Paulo since 1994. He has published two volumes of photography: Saga – A Portrait of German Colonies in Brazil (1997) and Terras de Preto (2002). The former was awarded the Martius Staden Award by the Martius Staden Foundation and the latter received the Ayrton Senna Grand Award for Journalism. Teles’ photographs are in the collections of the São Paolo Museum of Modern Art and Pirelli/MASP at the São Paulo Art Museum.