Encontros da Imagem, with more than thirty years of existence, is a non-profit cultural association that promotes annually an International Photography and Visual Arts Festival in the city of Braga, Portugal. The festival celebrates classic and contemporary photography and visual arts in general by showcasing emerging and established artists.
Never a chosen theme for an edition of Encontros da Imagem as made so much sense, given the current situation the world is going through since the beginning of the decade.“Génesis 2:1” is a continuation of the theme and work started last year. One year after, we and the rest of the world are back into a general confinement as a result of the pandemic due to COVID-19. Caos and confusion ensued. A collective inability to understand the disorder of things, confronted humanity with increasingly complex and demanding challenges. Contemporary society has long faced enormous challenges of a global nature: from issues related to the planet earth and it’s ecology problems such as lost of biodiversity and global warming and issues regarding the civilisations that inhabits it, which generate so much inequality and moral indifference through politics and religion. What we call progress has coincided with the humanisation of the world, but it may end up being exactly what will dictate its end. The crisis that we are going through is an opportunity to think together and come up with solutions to what needs to be done.