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Antropologia da Face Gloriosa (Anthropology of the Glorious Face)

Arthur Omar
Antropologia da Face Gloriosa (Anthropology of the Glorious Face)

Photographs by Arthur Omar

Text by Arthur Omar, Ivana Bentes (Portuguese / English)

Design by Bracher & Malta

Cosac Naify, 1997

First edition

Hardcover

Used copy with small signs of wear to cover, interior fine,

240 pp., b/w illustrated throughout, 253 x 335 x 30

ISBN 9788586374043

Item #1021

2.100 1021 EUR 150.00 Add to Cart

Featured in The Latin American Photobook by Horacio Fernandez

"The glorious face is composed of splendour and decadence, of pathos; glory approaching the pathetic. These are two constant features in the portraits in [Omar's book]...To classify these faces as divine or devilish is merely a question of one's point of view" — from Ivana Bentes' essay

Brazilian artist Arthur Omar was trained as an anthropologist and is well-known as a poet and experimental filmmaker. The theme of Antropologia Da Face Gloriosa (Anthropology of the Glorious Face) is nothing less than 'ecstasy'. During carnival times, Omar obsessively made close-ups of subjects in the throes of delirium, frenzy and elation, capturing a compendium of Brazilian faces experiencing some form of personal inspiration or transcendence. Equal parts ethnographic investigation and unhinged expressionism, Omar's book would seem to enact philosopher Emmanual Levinas' dictum that 'The face is signification without context'.

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