/ 2022 / Fine Art / Collage

Between Forests of the Imaginary and the Real

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Collage
  • Photographer
    Betina Samaia
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In the humid and dense jungle live the water maids, the animal ancestors and the spirits of the forest. We see reflections, not of ourselves, but mirrors that show us the path, transparent as spider's web. The shamans and honey eating children can see, in their dreams, the spirit of the jungle, chanting, floating, dancing amidst the bark of trees. As the camera diaphragm opens, our bodies, closed and opaque, open up and scape to this mysterious space outside. We thus begin to be a part of the dream which we blend with our own dreams.

Born in São Paulo (Brazil), in 1964, Betina Samaia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and seeks to capture images from the unconscious, freely moving between past and present, reality and imagination.
She has participated in several solo and group exhibits in Brazil, France and the United States.
Betina is also the author of the books Amazon -The Green’s End (Edition Bessard, 2021), Multiverso – Quarentena Books 2 (IpsisPub, 2021), Out into the Night (Madalena Publisher, 2017), and Blue (Madalena Publisher, 2015).

Awards 2021
Tokyo International Foto Award (Tifa) - Gold winner with “The Forests of my Dreams”
Tokyo International Foto Award (Tifa) - Silver winner with “Through the Mirror”
Tokyo International Foto Award (Tifa) - Bronze winner with “India-Memories of What I Had Never Seen”
London International Creative Competition- Finalist with “Through the Mirror”
Budapest International Foto Awards- Bronze winner with “The Forest of My Dreams”
Budapest International Foto Awards- Bronze winner with “India-Memories of What I Had Never Seen”