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The Price of Sugar

Photographs by Giorgio Negro & Tommaso Protti

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Inspired by the slave’s quote in Voltaire's chef-d’œuvre Candide "that's the price you eat sugar in Europe", this exhibition of photographs brings together the works of Giorgio Negro and Tommaso Protti. The humanist and surrealist photography of the first completes the photo-journalistic frontality of the second.

In line with Voltaire's denunciation of a slavery system through Eduardo Galeano's Latin American manifesto The open veins of Latin America, the works of these two Italian photographers are a testimony of the limits of a system that does not learn from its own mistakes.

Protti received the 10th Carmignac Prize for this project and Negro was selected at Festival du Regard in 2020 for this work.

Tommaso Protti
Giorgio Negro
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Tommaso Protti
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Giorgio Negro
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Tommaso Protti
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Giorgio Negro
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Giorgio Negro
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The price of sugar therefore obviously evokes the disasters caused by foreign interference and what follows; corruption, prostitution, deforestation, leveling of cultures, gangs, drug trafficking, gold diggers or extreme violence, but also all the positive forces that can emerge from it. From chaos comes mutual aid, revolutionary theories, heightened faith and ever stronger love. The price of sugar is therefore above all a tribute to resilience. This emanates from strong links between cultures and nature and manifests itself in daily combativeness.

In Protti’s project Terra Vermelha, and commonly in high-flying photojournalism, the aestheticization of suffering, which is reminiscent of the work also partly carried out in Brazil by Sebastião Salgado, is not intended to seduce but rather to raise awareness. On the other hand, the manifestation of the spirit in Negro also pays homage to the history of photography. His mastery of framing and his choice of composition specific to a restricted category of photographers, who knew how to mix humanism with surrealism during the 20th century such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész or Robert Frank, allow to keep hope.
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