Leonardo Carrato’s “En Bora” at Kolga Tbilisi Photo

From: May 16, 2024 @ 10:00 CET
To: May 19, 2024 @ 18:00 CET
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In the small Peruvian Amazon village of Pebas in August 2016, native Bora shaman Aladino conducts a ceremonial burning of dried "cetico" leaves deep in the jungle. The ashes, combined with coca powder, provide an essential flavor for a key element of Bora tradition. Aladino believes the act in the jungle allows observation by ancient spirits who guide shamans like himself to achieve the perfect blend. For authentic indigenous shamans, coca represents their primary source of power, connecting them to ancestral knowledge and abilities. Photo by Leonardo Carrato/VII

VII Photo contributing photographer Leonardo Carrato‘s En Bora will be on view at Kolga Tbilisi Photo in Tbilisi, Georgia, from May 16th to May 19th, 2024.

En Bora explores the life and challenges of Aladino, a Bora Shaman and spiritual leader from the Amazon. This exhibition delves into Shamans’ critical role in preserving cultural and ecological knowledge amidst threats like deforestation, mining, and cultural erosion. Through Carrato’s lens, the project demonstrates Aladino’s efforts to safeguard his heritage, the healing practices of the Boras, and their complex relationship with the environment. Amidst the climate crisis, “En Bora” emphasizes the Shaman’s pivotal role in fostering a dialogue that challenges traditional views and advocates for a shift in how we interact with our planet.

More information: kolga.ge/exhibitions/leonardo-carrato

Related content: theviifoundation.org/resource/etica-representacion-y-nuevas-narrativas-visuales-en-america-latina/


Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1983, Leonardo Carrato threw himself into a photographic journey in 2012. Leo is based in Rio de Janeiro and works as a photographer and filmmaker.