On February 23, 2017 an urban exhibition of the work “Genesis” of Sebastiao Salgado, sponsored by the Obra Social La Caixa, was inaugurated on Principe Street in Vigo, and comes to Vigo after touring several Spanish cities.
According to information from the organization “The exhibition gathers thirty-eight black and white photographs selected by his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, which show landscapes, animals and people who have been able to escape the influence of the modern world in polar regions, forests and tropical savannas, scorching deserts, mountains dominated by glaciers and solitary islands. “
Salgado started the Genesis project in 2004, working on it for about 10 years, and this is his first approach to Nature Photography, which means a radical change in his career to date. In the documentary “Salt of the Earth”, Salgado says that after his last project in Rwanda, in which he tried to document the migrations of the population because of the war, and witnessed one of the greatest genocides in history, was disenchanted and found difficulty in finding a meaning to his photographic work. The extreme cruelty that the human being manifests in these conflicts, removes any possibility of hope.
With Genesis, Salgado opens again a door to hope, showing these vast, remote and intact landscapes, he declares that not everything is lost. Personally, I think the photographer’s vision is utopian, and the rapidity with which ecosystems continue to be destroyed shows that “Genesis” is rather the final testament of a languishing planet.