In OLYMPIC FAVELA (Vai com Deus) I portray the people affected by forced evictions in Rio de Janeiros' favelas ahead of the World Cup (2014) and 2016 Olympic Games.
OLYMPIC FAVELA is composed of two bodies of work: One is a series of portraits of residents in 14 of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished communities who are facing evictions from their homes. The other is a series of performative images - here I directed the favela residents to pose for me holding emergency flares to create a visual representation of their struggle and resistance while using a gesture that is also universally associated with liberation, independence and celebration.
Beginning in 2012, the project is ongoing.
Recent work features residents in their altered surroundings and changed landscapes as destruction and construction press ahead.
The book OLYMPIC FAVELA was published by Damiani/DAP ARTbook in 2014.
More about the book: www.olympicfavela.com.
Shown here is a selection of images and related research material of a larger body of work. For more images please contact me.
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