congresswoman karen bass & paulo lima art

Congresswoman Karen Bass in her district office of Washington, D.C. displaying Paulo P. Lima’s first photography collection, Afro-Brazilian Devotion.

*Los Angeles, CA Congresswoman Karen Bass, representative of the 37th Congressional District of Los Angeles, debuted Brazilian designer and photographer Paulo P. Lima’s first photography collection, Afro-Brazilian Devotion.

The collection of large-scale photographs, exhibit cultural Brazilian elements from Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion practiced in several cities of Brazil including, São Paulo and Salvador.

Afro-Brazilian Devotion is now showcasing 20 of the 50 photographs in Congresswoman Bass’ district offices, Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C., through February 2014.

Lima’s inspiration comes from his recent trip to São Paulo and Salvador, Bahia, between October 2012 and March 2013. He used photography to register various moments of faith, collecting images of religious and secular performances alike.

“My photography allows me to be in contact with my Brazilian background and to be intimately related to my sense of beauty, exploring aspects of ‘decay’ in relation to space and bodies,” said Lima. “Afro-Brazilian Devotion is a dream collection because it combines my passion for Brazilian culture, theatre and performance,” he added.

Showcasing 20 of the 50 pieces in Afro-Brazilian Devotion is Congresswoman Karen Bass, representative of the 37th Congressional District of Los Angeles. On view through February 2014, the photographs will be displayed in her district offices in Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C.

“I’m proud to debut Lima’s first photography collection in our Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. district offices,” said Bass. “Afro-Brazilian Devotion captures the beauty of the Brazilian culture by incorporating religion, urban spaces, objects and people,” she added.

Additional photographs from the Afro-Brazilian Devotion collection have sold nationally, in states including, California, District of Columbia, New Jersey and Washington. For more information regarding Lima’s photography and designs please contact him directly at cha[email protected].

Costume designer, Paulo P. Lima, began designing in 1986 after receiving a fashion design certificate from SENAC, São Paulo. After completing his certificate at SENAC, Paulo went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in geography from the São Paulo University, Brazil. In the United States, Paulo Lima completed a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from the California State University, Long Beach.

Paulo’s new found inspiration in photography comes from his dissertation on the Afro-Brazilian dress and costumes worn by practitioners of Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian religion developed in Brazil since the beginning of the 18th century.

Paulo is currently completing his Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, which focuses specifically on garments from the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.


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