Monthly cultural magazine of FOLHA DE SÃO PAULO NEWSPAPER - 176.138 ex. - by Cassiano Elek Machado⏐Brazil, February 2013
I had the pleasure of having Cassiano Elek Machado writing a paper about my journey until now. For the profile, Serafina asked me to make a selfportrait joining my past and my present. « Made in Mauritania » where my parents lived, raised in Guatemala and now living in Brazil, the sand and the sun are two common points of these places. In the sand, a mineral called « Rose of the Desert », because of its shape that seems like rose petals, is formed of sand and water, united by the transforming action of the sun. This mineral is known as a protector of your home, may it be physical or spiritual. As I have traveled all my life, I feel this symbol gives me roots, as if it helped me maintain a unity inside although I am somewhat diluted in the world. The rose as the unifying idea, the background and the vest are from Guatemala and the turban evokes the tuaregs from Mauritania. Brazil is seen through the corporal painting used by the indians, whom I wished to honor. They are the first people who lived on this land and the first to be prosecuted.
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