"Those in authority fear the mask for their power partly resides in identifying, stamping and cataloguing: in knowing who you are. But a Carnival needs masks, thousands of masks; and our masks are not to conceal our identity but to reveal it... The masquerade has always been an essential part of Carnival. Dressing up and disguise, the blurring of identities and boundaries, transformation, transgression; all are brought together in the wearing of masks. Masking up releases our commonality, enables us to act together, to shout as one to those who rule and divide us 'we are all fools, deviants, outcasts, clowns and criminals'. Today we shall give this resistance a face; for by putting on our masks we reveal our unity; and by raising our voices in the street together, we speak our anger at the facelessness of power.”

[Taken from a message printed on the inside of 9000 masks distributed at the June 18th, 1999 “Carnival Against Capital” which destroyed the financial district of central London].


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\ LabMasks


São Paulo, Brazil,June 12th, 2014: Thousands of Brazilians went to the streets not for cheering for a football team, but to ask for better conditions of life. It was in this context that appeared the outcry for "Não vai ter Copa" (There won't be a World Cup).


In the “Labmasks” series, the photographer proposes to show a sense of drift, opposing the documentary realist tradition and the subjective limits of reality through a dramatic distortion of the images, having the objective of releasing the intensive, affective and un-determined aspects of the conflict between the São Paulo's Military Police and the demonstrators that occurred on the streets on the opening day of the World Cup in São Paulo. A scenic composition of lights and shadows focused on the “face” of masked individuals disputing a parallel contest of strength in a complex social space subdued by strong personal beliefs.


AWARDS/RECOGNITION


\\ 2016 - LENSCULTURE - Emerging talent. Among the highly-rated entries received in 2016 Street Photography Awards, by Lensculture, the eight best contemporary photography website (by The Guardian [2016]), which gave the right to a permanent page on the website.  


\\ 2015 - Selected to the "11º PARATY IN FOCUS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY" - 2015

| http://paratyemfoco.com/portfolios/gustavo-frota/ |



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“Aqueles que possuem autoridade temem a máscara pelo seu poder em identificar, rotular e catalogar comprometido: em saber quem você é... nossas máscaras não servem para esconder ou ocultar a nossa identidade, mas para revelá-la... hoje nós devemos dar um rosto a essa resistência; colocando nossas máscaras mostramos a nossa união; levantando as nossas vozes nas ruas, nós botamos pra fora toda a raiva contra o poder sem rosto..." [Tirado de uma mensagem impressa dentro das 9.000 máscaras distribuídas no dia 18 de junho de 1999 em protesto anti-capitalista realizado em Londres].


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Em 2014 milhares de brasileiros foram para as ruas torcendo não por um time, mas por melhores condições de vida. Foi nesse contexto social que surgiu o grito de “Não vai ter Copa".


LabMasks é a proposta de uma experiência de confronto entre a tradição realista documental e os limites subjetivos da realidade através de uma "subversão visual" das imagens com o objetivo de liberar aspectos intensivos, afetivos e in-determinados do conflito ocorrido entre a tropa de choque da PM e manifestantes no dia de abertura do mundial em São Paulo.


PREMIAÇÕES/RECONHECIMENTOS


\\ 2016 - LENSCULTURE - Série selecionada para página permanente no website da Lensculture, uma das revistas mais importantes de fotografia contemporânea.

https://www.lensculture.com/gustavo-frota


\\ 2015 - Série selecionada no 11º FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE FOTOGRAFIA PARATY EM FOCO - 2015.

| http://paratyemfoco.com/portfolios/gustavo-frota/ |

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