DescriptionFeira de Santana is a small town in the region of the Sertao bahiano, where is held the most important fair of equine and bovine livestock of the whole region. The black bahianis, have learned here the art to ride, to work purses and haversacks in leather and they have become skilled in the market of the livestock. The region of the Sertao is inhabited from the Sertaneioses, farmers of the neighboring and arid lowlands, once shelter of gangs of outlaw called 'Cangaceiros', authors of unusual robberies against the rich land owners in favour of the poor men. Feira de Santana is a point of meeting among the black-bahiana culture of Salvador and the north-American influences of the Sertao. The wear of the herdsmen and the sertaneios is the demonstration of it. They wear leather waistcoat, they show knife and spurs with relaxed and few martialaspect. The black cowboys of Feira love to ride and to exhibit their horses in the enclosure of the fair before every negotiation. Others, in the spaces devoted to the cattle, move the herds with skilled dexterity. What immediately you see is the movement of hand with which the business are made. Embraces, handshakes, whispers and looks of complicity are the scene of a theater that for a long time, every monday, happen in Feira. The faces, burn by the sun and by the dust, transude experience.
Emilio Navarino, Rome Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement Emilio Navarino is an italian photographer and documentarist. After having studied at the university of Bologna, he started his profession as a cameramen and photographer in 1983. During his working career he shouted many documentaries and reportages in social environment for magazine, broadcast and home-video serial-format. Actually he is a freelance photographer and filmmaker and he is interested to the themes of cultural, social and anthropological human heritage.