Raquel Belli (b, 1982) is a mother, photographer, and visual artist. Being Portuguese of Italian descent, she has lived and worked in the last eight years between Portugal and East Timor. With a degree in Visual Arts from ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design (Caldas da Rainha, 2006), she finished the Technical Course in Photography at ETIC – Escola de Tecnologias, Inovação e Criação (Lisbon, 2008) where she developed and deepened still photography. She collaborated and participated in various group and solo exhibitions in the course of her studies. After doing an internship and working for a few years in the travel magazine Volta ao Mundo, documentary and travel photography gained importance in her career. In Timor she collaborated in the creation of WAP (WomenArtPower) a structure for female empowerment through the support to creation and promotion of art made by women. She published a photography book on the peculiar Christmas in Timor in collaboration with José Ramos-Horta and Xanana Gusmão (“Aqui Onde O Sol, Logo Em Nascendo, Vê Primeiro”, 2014). Besides her documentary work in the press, the plasticity which she makes use of in her images has led her work to be showcased in galleries and cultural venues. She applies techniques and patterns used in basketry and weaving, according to the locations she visits, taking advantage of the seemingly randomness of the objects/subjects portrayed and aesthetics created.

 

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