The Ethnicity series focuses on Brazilian children born from marriages of different cultures over the centuries, with only the names of their now distant countries as their heritage. Through typical garments they tell us the path of their ancestors and the ethnical blend present in their history.
Mari Queiroz was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was raised between her hometown, Rio de Janeiro and New York City. She majored in Fine Arts at the School of Communication and Arts, University of Sao Paulo. With an eye trained for composition and form, she eventually turned her attention to behind the camera and soon made the transition to photography, complementing her studies at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Back to Brazil, she began her career as a photojournalist, publishing on major Brazilian magazines and newspapers. Always on the move, she worked as a photographic assistant at Studio Abril, a reference of excellence in Brazilian photography at the time. During six years, she developed her technical knowledge and lighting skills, working among the best Brazilian photographers. After a couple of months between Paris and Munich, she returned to Brazil, now shooting her own stories. Seeking for room to develop her personal work, she moved on again to her own studio. Her photographs have been published on major Brazilian magazines. Coming from a creative background of fine art, her portfolio is marked by a deeply intuitive understanding of texture, color, and shape, always at the service of creating images that merge her experience in photography and her passion for art. She is currently based in Sao Paulo.