’22 too many’ & Luiz Santos

Private view of the documentary: 3rd September 2009 from 7pm.

Photography Exhibition: 3rd- 30th September 2009.

The documentary: “22 TOO MANY”

Braziliality presents the inspiring documentary “22 too many” from the talented young film maker Riffat Ahmed and commissioned by Planarama. This offbeat production beautifully elucidates how the visual arts are also a powerful platform to reflect civic engagement and social awareness. The short film introduces us to Neil Ellis, a proud resident of London who was very intrigued when he first heard that the sculptor Antony Gormley was asking people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square to create One & Other, a live artwork space normally reserved for statues of kings and generals.

He applied to be part of this unforgettable artistic experiment. Participants were picked at random, chosen from the thousands who entered. Neil decided to dedicate his hour on the fourth plinth to bring to people’s attention the unacceptable number of deaths of cyclists in London – 22 since Jan 08. With lots of creativity and selflessness his appearance resulted in an amazing and moving performance remembering those victims and encouraging a debate and discussion on what can be done improve the safety of cyclists with the creation of the Facebook group 4th Plinth Pedal Power. With a soundtrack provided by the stupefying Brazilian band Noisick and comments by Bitsmag journalist Beth Ferreira.

Film Direction: Riffat Ahmed

Art Direction: Pier Vegner Tosta

Performance: Neil Ellis

Soundtrack: Noisick

The photographer: LUIZ SANTOS

A dedicated cyclist himself, the Award winning Brazilian photographer Luiz Santos displays some of his breathtaking images sharing his impressions and experiences about cycling in London.

Luiz Santos is a photojournalist based in London and has been working independently for some years producing stories in Brazil,  the Middle East, the USA, Europe and Africa.

Luiz Santos is the recipient of the Endframe Award, promoted by The British Journal of Photography/Nikon and has exhibited consistently in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and China. Santos has an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (distinction) and studied with the award winning Paul Lowe and equally respected Patrick Sutherland.

For four years Santos documented the influences of the Yoruba culture in Bahia, Brazil as well as the vibrant aspect of this culture in Nigeria. This project, entitled THE BOOK OF THE GODS, was exhibited in the United Kingdom on four occasions and it is now being considered for publication as a book.

Santos is represented by John Easterby, who worked for Magnum Photos as well as for IPG.

www.photoreason.com

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