Alejandro Zenha is an architect, and being a photographer who emerged from the visual arts, he discovered his true artistic vein behind the lens of an objective. We shot at the estúdio NU during its final renovation works, and Alejandro made a collage with street photographs he made of São Paulo.

The resulting series of images he called “THE INHABITANT“.

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

With the word, the artist:

“Before working with Hugo, I had the opportunity to see him on stage in the theater. Throughout the play he is naked, dressed only by the stage, the text, the light and the atmosphere that only Art is able to provide, precisely because along with Art necessarily comes the context — and the nude figure ceases to be body and performance and becomes manifest. […]

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

[…] Manifesting oneself through nudity is, before so many aspects, an exercise of truth. That is why the nude startles and enraptures. It is shocking to evade the rules, to swim against the tide, to shout in the midst of silence. And it’s overwhelming precisely for the same reasons. […]

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

[…] Vanity and power are the co-authors of the exercise of truth, and this is where Hugo’s proposal subverts once more: he is just an interpreter, the final work no longer concerns his body or his nakedness — it is a concession — and not always consented, because the final result no longer belongs to him. 100 NUDE Shoots is, yes, an exercise in surrender and detachment. […]

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

[…] It was in following the proposal of nudity diluted by the context surrounding it, that the photoshoot “THE INHABITANT” was conceived — a man swallowed up by his habitat, devoured by the universe he himself created. Body and City in an anthropophagic patchwork.”

Alejandro Zenha

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

* The above photograph by Alejandro Zenha is available for sale as a Limited Edition Fine Art Print, shipped worldwide. When you purchase one of my Prints, you acquire an exclusive piece owned by few others and also contribute to the continuation of my work. Learn more and see the entire collection of available Prints of 100 NUDE Shoots by clicking here. You can also visit my DeviantArt Gallery if you’d like to purchase online directly (note that it is only possible to purchase using the desktop version of the DeviantArt site, and that the photographs depicting erections are not available on that platform), or contact me for print rates for any other photograph. Most photographs of the project are available for purchase even when not part of the Limited Edition series.

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

“The naked body is pornographic. Other people’s sex is a nuisance. Genitals are an offense. Good skin is covered skin. Physical pleasure is to be had away from sight. Nipples are controversial… The alternative is real life. — Alejandro Zenha

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant

We’d love to know your impressions of “THE INHABITANT“, so please write us about it!

 

About collaborating with my work:

This shoot by Alejandro Zenha was published days earlier on my page on Patreon, where I also publish extras and outtakes of every new photoshoot. I count exclusively on your collaboration to continue making this Project, and I refrain from working other jobs to dedicate myself to making art full-time. If you think it is worth it, you can contribute from $1 per new photoshoot to get access to all of this extra material and to several ways you and I can interact and collaborate in making this work. Click here to choose a contribution and become my patron.

Hugo by Alejandro Zenha The Inhabitant originals Patreon-exclusives

* The above photo is one of the original photographs used to make the collages and is part of the extras from shoot # 30 by Alejandro Zenha. If you’d like to see the other originals from this shoot, take a moment to visit me on the Patreon platform and contribute to the project’s making. I put a lot of effort, time and resources into making 100 NUDE Shoots. In a move to make this a truly collaborative endeavor, I dedicate part of my content, such as extras, outtakes, previews, making-ofs, videos — as well as other engaging ways I created for you and I to interact — exclusively for the kind folks who contribute to my work. Join my 100 NUDE Shoots family and access the best part of the Project.

Finally, if you haven’t seen them yet, you can find the previous 29 NUDE Shoots of Hugo here.