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Viviana Peretti is an Italian photographer based in New York, where in 2010 she got a degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP). In 2000, after graduating with honors in anthropology at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Viviana moved to Colombia where she specialized in photojournalism and worked nine years as a freelancer. She has received numerous grants and awards and in 2010 was selected by the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. During the winter 2013-2014, Viviana was a resident artist at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP) in Arles, France. In 2014, she was elected Photographer of the Year in the category 'Arts & Culture' of the Sony World Photography Awards in London, and she has been one of the winners of the American Photography 30. Her work has been published by various international publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, BBC, CNN, L'Oeil de la Photographie, New York Magazine, Le Journal de la Photographie and L'Espresso.


The Haitian Vodou series (2011-2012) portrays the rituals of a group of Haitian immigrants in Brooklyn, New York: "People have many prejudices about Vodou, which, in most cases, is associated with witchcraft. However, I have found a community of people deeply tied to their country and their ancestral traditions. Each ritual represents a moment of unity and brotherhood among Haitians and a way to connect not only with the spirits but also among themselves, here and now. The Vodou rites are an example of religious syncretism, introducing many elements of Catholic tradition fused with beliefs from Africa and the Caribbean. Haitians who practice Vodou worship the supreme God, Bondye, and a series of powerful spirits, called Iwas, who have the task of bringing human people together with the deity. The ceremonies are punctuated by the rhythm of the drums; called by the sounds and the dances, the Iwas can possess their go-betweens.”

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