Paul Kurucz ‘Afro feminism’
These days from the moment we wake up to the moment we go back to bed we are bombarded with useless information that distracts us from truth & purpose. As I’ve been speaking with creatives over the past few months I have realised I am not alone in thinking “what the fuck is the point unless it means something.” I just cant seem to give time to anything anymore unless it has a deeper purpose. I am tired of photos for the sake of it. I want to move poeple with my work. My whole life is better when my work has meaning bigger than myself. Maybe this is my life purpose; to share amazing art that might provoke thought & trigger positive change. Either way, my day is better when I get behind work that reflects these ideas. & so today it gives me enormous pleasure to introduce you to the ZONE initiative.
Launched in 2015 by the kolor art collective in Rio de janeiro, Brazil. The project is split into series called zones, each defined by a distinctive theme & style.
Paul Kurucz is the collective’s Franco-Hungarian founder & photographer & his latest stunning series is a tribute to the surging blend of two emancipating forces: feminism & the afro culture. “Black women in Brazil & in most countries are taken hostage by both racism & misogyny. While facing a large array of issues including sexual abuse, domestic violence, police brutality, cultural stereotyping, income inequality, lack of healthcare & education etc. they are heavily underrepresented politically & in the media. They have been recently taking their struggle to the streets, to social networks & to the stage of larger, mainstream music & art festivals. The kolor art collective is taking part in this movement via visual provocation:
The sets were built & shootings took place in the collective’s studio, in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The models, performers, actors, drags featured on the photos belong to Rio’s militant anarcho-humanist microcosm & had a great influence in the conception of characters & scenes. The other key ingredient being the photographer’s distinct use of theatrical & glam-trash aesthetics.”
In 2016 the collective has expanded the ZONE to new themes, new projects: princess consumerism, scato-Trump, albinoed world, singing silence just to name a few. I cannot wait to see what’s next!
Special Thanks to Zeca Pereira & Erick Figueiredo.
- Photographer: Paul Kurucz @polkurucz
- Art director: Paul Kurucz polkurucz
- Production: Mary Cruz @marycruzis
- Production: Lara Ferro @falsiany_
- Production: Diana Daou
- Assistant: Tamires Melo @melongaas
- Editor: Paul Kurucz polkurucz
- Editor: Fernando Ignacio @fernandoig_
- Editor: Levi Kovacs
- Set Design: Paul Kurucz polkurucz
- Set Design: Manu Libman
- Model: Giugiu @giugiu
- Model: Mayra Sallie @mayrasallie
- Model: Matheus Gama
- Model: Aretha Sadick @arethasadick
- Model: Alana Ruas @_alanaruas
- Model: Sinthia Liz @sinthializ
- Stylist: Natalia Silvestre @silvestre.tataiams
- Stylist: Paloma Borges @palomaborges
- HMUA: Mariana Sixel @marianasixel
- HMUA: Julia Nunes @nunesonthebeach
- HMUA: Gabriel Ramos @gabrielramos6
- HMUA: Caroline Pires
- HMUA: Caroline Saucer
- by Ainsley Hutchence