Desert Flower is a project created by Guilherme Licurgo in collaboration with the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company , using the dancers, Graham technique and original costumes. Images taken in different countries. "Guilherme Licurgo has reached into Martha Graham's essential beliefs and extended them into the future. I know Martha would be intrigued and delighted by these evocative photos and feel the deep connection to her own creative discoveries. The Martha Graham Dance Company wishes to thank Guilherme Licurgo for his sensitivity, his generosity and his artistry in transforming our historic legacy with these stunning photographs." – Janet Eilber. Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Seed IX and Seed III, Desert Flower (Diptych), Italy, 2011 (B&W)
Guilherme Licurgo was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1983 and is currently residing and working in São Paulo, Brazil. Invited to model for Terry Richardson for his book, "Terry Richardson Rio Cidade Maravilhosa" in 2008, Guilherme went to study Photography at the Panamericana School of Art. He discovered his real passion behind the lens, creating images. He has been working as a photographer ever since. He has worked for many Brazilian and International brands/ magazines, including: Lancaster Paris, Architecture Beauty Culture Design, Roberto Cavalli, Wonderland, Martha Graham Dance Company, EMI Records, Greenpeace, PIRELLI, at PIRELLI CALENDAR 2010, GQ Portugal, GQ Brazil, Vogue Magazine, Wella and others.In 2011, he was personally invited by Olivier Van Doorne, President and Worldwide Creative Director at Select NY, to work on his first major international advertising book project, side by side with Steven Klein, Johan Renck, Lori Goldstein and Sean Spellman. Also in 2011 he was prizewinner by the Brazilian Foreign Office as one of the best contemporary artists of Brazil, at the II Itamaraty Contest of Contemporary Art. In 2014, he was awarded by Visionaire, the highly collectible, multi-format, luxury art and fashion publication based in New York City, with one of the pictures from his "Desert Flower Project".In 2015, he was invited to make a solo show with two installations at the SP Art Fair.