Janine Mapurunga

“Welcome home” (above)
Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.mapurunga.com
Location of box art: 16th & K Streets

“Who does your food come from? De quién viene su comida”
(below, click image to enlarge)
Original Medium: Photography
Website: www.sacramentofarmersandchefs.com
Location of box art: 9th & Capitol Ave

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Janine Mapurunga is a native of northeastern Brazil. She grew up between Fortaleza, a bustling coastal metropolis, and Viçosa do Ceará, a small country town nestled atop forested mountains. This duality greatly influenced her decision to leave home at the age of 16 and embark in the series of movements that her life would become. The starting point was California, where she pursued undergraduate studies and developed a career in photography. At the Sacramento City College she discovered documentary photography through the work of Andy DeLucia and at UC Davis she was exposed to the study of culture and belief through theories founded in anthropology. Her teaching career began at the Sacramento City College where, at age 23, she was both the first woman and youngest instructor to teach in the photography department. While pursuing graduate work at the University of Barcelona, she began to discover the possibilities that can spring when combining documentary photography, installation, video and poetry.

Her first documentary project involving video took place in Sri Lanka, where she lived in a secluded village in the rainforest for 6 months. Since then her work has taken her to Costa Rica, the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, and back to Brazil. Today Janine divides her time between creating commissioned photography work and developing documentary projects in the United States and abroad.

Artist Statement

If you asked me to choose one word by which to define my work, I would choose Storytelling.

A curiosity about the human condition and an eagerness to connect with others are the main driving forces behind my work. In my projects I provide an opportunity for people to tell their story and, in so doing, I establish a connection with them.