Ju Bezerra de Mello bio
Ju Bezerra de Mello is Brazilian and graduated in Social Communication. She has won awards and participated in several film festivals with her short documentary Vanja, mulher Rendeira. She worked as a video editor alongside Alex Topini, in particular on the Piratão project of the art collective Filé de Peixe. Ju began experimenting with photography during her university years and decided to dedicate herself fully to this medium. In 2011, she left Brazil and began in 2012 a Bachelor in Fine Arts Photography in Lyon, France. She has participated in group exhibitions at the French Aliance of this city as well as at the 2nd arrondissement townhall and at Le Bleu du Ciel gallery. Her artist's book Conatus has gone through festivals and photo book fairs such as Lisbon's Photobook Fair (2015), leboudoir2.0 (2016, Arles) Feira Urca (2016, Rio).
She is a member of the collaborative studio-lab Studio Lux, in Lyon.

Her personal research is primarily guided by her feelings and emotions where the lived, the body, the skin, the performance and the performed image are at the center of her concerns. Alongside her artistic process she explores the possibilities of the medium favoring a multidisciplinary approach and sees the practice of photography as a "way of life or art where [ her ] mind [ can ] speak in unfettered freedom" paraphrasing James Joyce's definition of writing.
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