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Ian Cheibub (b.1999) is a visual storyteller based in Rio de Janeiro studying media at Universidade Federal Fluminense. In his work, Ian tries to understand what are the mechanisms that the people from the Global South develop to survive and how they empower their own narratives through cultural, political and social tools. He is also interested in how their/our reality is changed through this empowerment. As such, his areas of interest are related to human rights, religion and popular culture.
During the year Ian spent in the United States, he became deeply interested in how to tell stories through photography and video. When he returned to Brazil, he continued this interested by working as a freelancer for both local wire agencies and established newspapers, like Folha de Sao Paulo and Estado de Sao Paulo. He also started developing two long-term personal projects, titled Zila and Jurujuba.
Ian Currently works as a stringer photographer for Reuters and covers stories in Brazil for other media outlets. His photo and video works have also been published on GEO Magazine, Spiegel, The Guardian, De Volkskrant, STERN, VICE, Al Jazeera, and Folha de Sao Paulo, among other outlets. In 2019, his project Jurujuba was named the Best Portfolio for the Canon Student Program and was nominated for the Coup de Cœur Prize - ANI (Association des Iconographes).