We have a pleasure to announce that one of the YICCA 17-18 artists, João Miguel Barros, has won a Winning Placement in the 2018 International Photography Awards for the work “Blood, Sweat and Tears”.
The award-winning portfolio includes a collection of photos taken in Macao and Ghana and is part of the "Blood, Sweat & Tears" project, focused on the young African fighter Danso, who came to Macao to fight for a title in an intercontinental boxing match and continues in Accra training hard with the dream of becoming a great boxer.
João Miguel Barros, “Blood, Sweat and Tears”, 2017/2018.
On 28 October 2017 a boxing match between Chinese boxer Fanlong Meng, and Ghanaian boxer Emmanuel Omari Danso, took place in Macau, People's Republic of China. The Chinese boxer won and was awarded the title by unanimous decision of the judges. Fate determined that Emmanuel Danso would dispute in Macau fight. It was this fate that put him at the center of this narrative. The project called “Blood, Sweat & Tears" consists in 2 parts: the first is composed of combat depictions; the second group consists of Emmanuel Danso’s drills, his dream companions and the places where they happen.