Dancing Like a Woman

PhotographerViviana Peretti
Entry Description

During the National Bambuco Gay Pageant, celebrated in July 2013 in Bogota, young drag queens challenge each other wearing traditional Colombian clothes and dancing the bambuco, a regional, folkloric, 'religious related' dance of the Andes, characterized by the elegance of its movements and precious dresses. The theme of bambuco is love. The process of falling in love and courting in the rural society is expressed through the dance. Generally, in the bambuco man leads woman, but at the National Bambuco Gay Pageant women are drag queens that come from Huila, a region in Southern Colombia, where the folk dance was born

About Photographer

Viviana Peretti is an Italian freelance photographer based in New York where in 2010 she graduated in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography (ICP). In 2000, after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Rome, she moved to Colombia where she specialized in photojournalism and spent nine years working as a freelance photographer. Viviana has received fellowships and awards from the International Center of Photography, the Joannie M. Chen Fund in New York, CNN, the Fondation Bruni-Sarkozy in France, FotoVisura, Sony, the World Photography Organization in London, the University of Salamanca, the Spanish Embassy in Colombia, the Photo Museum in Bogota, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. In 2010 she has been selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop, Barnstorm XXIII. In the Winter 2013-2014 Viviana has been an Artist-in-Residence at L’École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (ENSP) in Arles, France. In 2014 Viviana has been elected Photographer of the Year in the Sony World Photography Awards' Arts & Culture category for her series 'Dancing Like a Woman'. In 2015 Viviana will be an Artist-in-Residence at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Her work has been published in a number of international media outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, BBC, CNN, L'Oeil de la Photographie, New York Magazine, Le Journal de la Photographie, and L'Espresso.