Exhibitions | The people of yagé
Nicolò Filippo Rosso | From the series "The people of yagé" | 2012 - 15 | Digital photograph, B&W
Nicolò Filippo Rosso
Opening and Closing: Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 7:30pm to Saturday, 8 August 2015 - 6:00pm

 

Between 2011 and 2012 I travelled to Putumayo, a Colombian department settled in the Amazon basin.

I went to take part in the rituals of yagé and, as a photographer, to capture a story.

The yagé is the mysterious cornerstone of the life and the traditional medicine of the people of Putumayo, who call itremedio. It is a vine, that brewed with the leaves of the chagru-panga plant, is able to cure spiritual and phisical sicknesses.

The encounters that crossed my journey changed my life, and the way I view the world through the lens of my camera.

Since my first visit I continued to return several times, captivated by the indigenous medical practices and by the healing effects of yagè, drinking remedio and preparing it in the forest with the taitas, the indigenous healers.

These photographs are fragments of a larger body of work. With capturing moments from the world of the yajé I see myself more as a messenger than just a visual storyteller.
My purpose is to access a deeper understanding of ancient healing practices and give to a wider audience a reflection about the mystery of the yagé.

 

-Nicolò Filippo Rosso-

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Nicolò Filippo Rosso | From the series "The people of yagé" | 2012 - 15 | Digital photograph, B&W
Nicolò Filippo Rosso | From the series "The people of yagé" | 2012 - 15 | Digital photograph, B&W
Nicolò Filippo Rosso | From the series "The people of yagé" | 2012 - 15 | Digital photograph, B&W