September 19, 2016
Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country, in both area and population. Its diverse geography includes windswept beaches, tropical rainforests and colorful cities, each with its own vibrant mix of treasures and traditions. Among these countless customs are the knitting and weaving techniques Scosha Woolridge studied as she traveled the county, from the shores of the Amazon to the sand dunes of Jericoacoara, where she sold her first bracelets at the town’s night market, which eventually led to the establishment of SCOSHA, the brand.
This summer, SCOSHA is going back to Brazil, having collaborated with Ralph Lauren to create the bracelets the USA team will wear in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. SCOSHA celebrates this occasion, and its own circular journey, with a portfolio of photographs by three talented photographers that captures the inspiring soul of one of our favorite countries.
Photography by Benoît Fournier, Carly Ries and Andrea Eichenberger.
Benoît Fournier was born in 1981 in Carpentras, France and grew up in the Alps. He took up photography when he was 20, with the encouragement of his father, a journalist who gave him his first camera. He holds a Master's degree in International Business Administration, with studies focused on Latin America. To further his education he lived in Mexico and in Spain, and in 2006 he went to Rio de Janeiro where he decided to settle. Invaded by nature and man, the Brazilian city is at the heart of his photographic works. He now focuses only on these personal projects. Benoît’s visual world resounds with his experiences and travels; his work resides in a place between personal and collective memory and explores existential themes and the nature of man. Today Benoît works out of his studio in the Favela of Babylonia. Since 2015, he has led a photographic workshop with young people from the neighborhood, with the aim of stimulating the group’s artistic creativity.
Andrea Eigenlebiger was born in 1976 at Florianópolis, in southern Brazil. After finishing her art studies, she completed a PhD in visual anthropology carried out etween Brazil and France. The experience of the encounter is at the heart of her artistic practices and research. It is through the exchange with the other that she tries to raise questions about human existence and its relationship to the world.
Carly Ries uses photography to explore female experience. In the fall of 2015 she spent several months making work in the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro. These portraits explore the nuance of girlhood, femininity, and the human desire to cultivate and control wildness. In 2015 she received her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, EXPO Chicago, and Woman Made Gallery.
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