Sebastião Salgado, Génesis

The Brazilian photographer exposes his last work in CaixaForum until the 4th of May.


“More than ever, I feel there is only one human race. Besides colour, language, culture and possibilities differences, each individual feelings and reactions are identical”. On Exodus, Sebastião Salgado.

Mursi and Surma women. Mursi tribe in Dargui in the National Park Mago, near to Jinka, Ethipia. 2007

Mursi and Surma women. Mursi tribe in Dargui in the National Park Mago, near to Jinka, Ethipia. 2007

Between 2004 and 2011, the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been working on Génesis and now CaixaForum brings us to Madrid 245 pictures from his last work, that will be available until the 4th of May.
In his Génesis book, Salgado wants to present the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. He has made a series of photographs of landscape, wildlife and human communities that continue living in accordance with their ancestral traditions and culture.


During these eight years, the photographer has gone all over the world approaching the millenary cultures and searching the paradise. His work can be set as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature. With his work, Salgado has gone to the origins, taking pictures of the most ancient tribes as well as of the most ancient natural landscapes. He explains his adventure as a “return to his origins” also.

What we can see in the exhibition is a representation of the roots that stick us to Earth; our roots and the world’s roots. He has been searching the origins of the world we live in, and he shows them to us, places and people totally unaware of the modern world. He has explore the beauty of Earh and has paid tribute to the fragility of the planet that we all may protect.

What CaixaForum offers us in this exhibition is a walk to our origins, where we can see how still people live, ancient tribes with ancient customs that are in a way our past, our roots, what we come from. But despite they represent our past, they are current.

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