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28/11/2017 - 07:00hs

A Lebanese’s exhibit portrays Brazilian diversity

Jacques Menassa lived in Brazil throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He took pictures on a trip to the country last year after 18 years away. His photos depict the nature, culture and architecture of different cities.

Jacques Menassa

Natives of the Amazon are depicted

São Paulo – Photos taken by Lebanon’s Jacques Menassa in different Brazilian cities last year will be on show at an exhibit set to open on Friday (1) at Casa de Cultura Joaquim Marinho, in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state. The pictures were taken in the states of Amazonas, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais during a trip taken by Menassa after spending 18 years away from Brazil, where he lived during the 1980s and 1990s.

The exhibition is called Aquarela do Brasil (literally ‘watercolor of Brazil’) because it portrays different locations and aspects including their culture, architecture and nature. “It’s a photographic account of my last trip, in 2016,” he told ANBA, explaining that he took pictures of places he likes. “Places that left an impression in my heart,” he said.

There are photos of the Amazon’s rainforest and rivers, the city of Manaus, Rio de Janeiro landmarks like Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana, and of municipalities across Minas Gerais, including Belo Horizonte, São João del-Rei and Tiradentes. The exhibit features a total of 50 pictures.

Menassa explains that exhibition venue Casa de Cultura Joaquim Marinho opened about two weeks ago and is named after a friend who supported him through his stay in Manaus back in the 1990s. A radio DJ and businessman of Portuguese descent, Joaquim Marinho owned a movie theater chain in Manaus for many years.

Jacques Menassa was born in Ghosta, Lebanon. He holds a degree in Political and Administrative Sciences from the Lebanese University in Beirut, and he always devoted himself to photography, as well as to trade. Menassa studied Photography at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik. He had several exhibitions in Brazil and in Lebanon, as well as winning awards and teaching workshops.

Press Release

Jacques Menassa: photographic work

He has a lengthy photography and arts resumé under his belt, including having organized photo exhibits and contests, as well as established a photography club and publishing books.

Menassa lived in Brazil from 1984 to 1985 and then from 1990 to 1998. He first became interested in visiting the country because an uncle’s family used to live here. He spent time living in Amazonas and in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently in Brazil and will remain here until mid-December. Menassa intends to visit the country once every year.

He will attend the exhibition opening on Friday at 7 pm. Menassa plans on eventually holding the exhibit in Lebanon, with different pictures from the same trip.

Quick facts

Photo exhibit Aquarela do Brasil
December 1 of 29, 2017
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Casa de Cultura Joaquim Marinho
Rua Chaves Ribeiro, 39 - São Geraldo - Manaus - Amazonas
Free admission
Find out more: +55 92 3304 6267 / +55 92 99257 1459

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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