Evangelicals are on the rise in Brazil. In fact, Brazil is the biggest Christian country in the world (85 percent of the population—166 million people—call themselves Christians), and the number of those who identify as Evangelical has more than doubled since the turn of the century. In absolute numbers, Brazil has the highest Pentecostal population: 24 million, according to the World Christian Database. The three largest Pentecostal churches in Brazil are the Assemblies of God, the Baptist church, and the Brazilian Christian Congregation. Among them, the Brazilian Christian Congregation—the theme of this photography essay - is the most orthodox towards women. This work aims to be a portrait of female submission trough religious manipulation and ritual in modern times.
Luisa Dörr (1988) was born in Lajeado, Brazil. As a teenager she wanted to be a designer, but discovered photography around the age of 22. She studied photography at the Lutheran University of Brazil in Canoas - RS. Dörr is a frequent contributor to the Folha de Sao Paulo. Dörr's photographs have been published in TIME, CNN, PDN, Wired, Lens Culture, Marie Claire, L'oeil de la photographie, Le Figaro, Feature Shoot, El Pais, Vice, among many others. Her photographic work focuses on the genre of portraiture and seeks to address its contemporary aspects. Had solo and group exhibitions in Brazil, United States, Spain, France, Portugal, England and Russia. In 2015 Luisa was selected for the LensCulture Emerging Talent and one of the PDN Emerging Photographer. In 2016 she was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Currently she is represented by VII Photo Agency as part of the Mentor Program. She is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.