Melitta Tchaicovsky is a multimedia artist working with photography, video and design. Born in Brazil, she has a B.F.A in Visual Communication from the School of Industrial Design (ESDI) at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Her photographs have been used for CDs, DVDs, book covers, exhibited in galleries and published in magazines.
In 1998, she received an artist-in-residence grant to spend six months doing visual research in the Negev and Sinai deserts in Israel.The resulting photo series: “Bedouins: A Way of Life ” has been exhibited in galleries in the US and in Israel.
In 2001, she spent six months living on the banks of the Ganges River to co-produce with Pepe Ozan “Ganga Ma: A Pilgrimage to the Source”. A haunting study of India’s most sacred river and the people whose physical and spiritual life depend upon it. Ganga Ma has been screened at several International Film Festivals and won the award for Best Documentary at the 2002 Taos Mountain Film Festival in New Mexico.In 2003, she returned to India to live for seven months in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan capturing the images to co-produce with Pepe Ozan the documentary ‘Jaisalmer Ayo: Gateway of the Gypsies.’
A critically acclaimed study of Rajasthan’s rich nomadic cultures, it premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2004. Awarded Best Documentary at Video-Fest in San Francisco. “Jaisalmer Ayo“ was showcased in several international film festivals including the 2006 All Roads National Geographic Film Festival and the 2007 New York Museum of Modern Art: Documentary Fortnight.
She has explored a wide array of subjects, including environmental activism in the 2006 award-winning short documentary “Gotta Do Something”.
In 2009, Never Again, a short documentary she produced and directed won second prize at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Film contest based on the theme “The Holocaust through a 21st Century Lenses”.
She is currently developing a photo-centered serie of books for 7-12 years old readers about the life of children of diverse cultures around the world. Jyoti on the opposite photo is the main character of the first in the seriee of the forthcoming children book: “Jyoti the Girl from Varanasi”.