2016年，巴西摄影师雨果·桑特萨伦·罗德里格斯(Hugo Santsarem Rodrigues)进行了一项全球祖先DNA测试，以了解他的起源。从这次测试的结果来看，我决定到我的祖先起源国家去旅行。他说:“到目前为止，我去过基尼亚和埃塞俄比亚。”该项目始于2015年，当时他在自己的祖国巴西旅行。我在托肯廷斯州一个叫做Lagoa da Pedra的非裔黑人社区待了一段时间。我到南方去了解高乔人，到西北去看Piaui州牛仔们的生活。在这之后，我想知道更多关于这些文化的起源和我的起源。和许多巴西人一样，我也不知道我的祖先来自哪里。这个项目就是基于这个，自我认识和发现。当我看到结果和我来自哪里时，我创造了一种更深层次的关系，并产生了一种强烈的欲望，想知道更多关于我的起源。
In 2016, the Brazilian photographer Hugo Santsarem Rodrigues took a global ancestry DNA test to know his origins. « From the results of this test, I decided to travel to the interior of the countries where my ancestors came from. So far, I’ve been to Kenia and Ethiopia », he says. The project started in 2015 when he traveled inside his home country, Brazil. « I spent some time in a quilombola community called Lagoa da Pedra in Tocantins state. I went to the south to know the Gauchos and to the northwest to see the life of the cowboys in Piauí state. After this, I wanted to know even more about the beginning of these cultures and also about my origins. And I, like so many Brazilians, didn’t knew exactly where my ancestries came from. The project is based on this, self-knowledge and discovery. When I saw the result and where I come from, I created a deeper relationship and developed a huge desire to know more about my origins ».
« Deep down, the base of the project is to respect the differences, to see people in the same way as we see ourselves. It was made to feel connected with other people that have a different culture. In this way, it creates empathy. Not just for Brazil’s interior but for the interior of every place in the world. I wanted to show that we are more connected than we think, we should sometimes show more interest to learn about those countries. I believe that it’s the journey all of us should take, by travelling or other means ».