SHOWTIME

Showtime is inspired in the work of two mozambican masters of photography. The idea came from the book “Our nighly bread” by Ricardo Rangel, photographed in Araújo street, the so-called «sin street» in Lourenço Marques, now Bagamoyo street in Maputo, and from some of José Cabral’s nudes, a semi-spontaneous work. Using these images, I started by drawing an illustration and that led, afterwards, to the urge to take some photos, to photograph women the way José Cabral does but in a Ricardo Rangel scenario. Unlike Rangel, who took a lot of photographs of the street and the bars, I wanted to delve a bit deeper, to get to the centre – the hotel rooms which already existed in Rangel’s time, ffty years ago, and oddly are still there today. I visited the hotels, talked to the owners and saw the rooms. I fnd out a Hotel where six of the ffteen or twenty rooms are paid by the hour, at two hundred meticais [fve euros]. These rooms, where the prostitutes take their customers during the day and night, are called «showtime». I decided to photograph the women from Bagamoyo street in the rooms they use. Every customer has a fantasy and I, as a customer, paid for the rooms and the women to be there and my fantasy was to photograph them. They asked me: «How much you pay?» I paid the hourly rate just like any customer.

Based on a interview with José Pinto de Sá in 2013.

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