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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Bruno with his wife and son, father and grandmother, Favela Vila Autódromo, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Daniel rowing, Lagoa de Jacarepagua, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Bruno, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Luciano & Rafael, Minha Casa Minha Vida, Colônia J. Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Fabiano with his parents, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Suzana with her sons and neighbors, Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Former Home, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Tati in her new home, Conjunto Habiticional Minha Casa Minha Vida, Autodromò, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Francisco with machete, Favela Vilà Autodromò, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Mementos of personal histories, Favela Vilà Autodromò, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Last poolside portrait before demolition, Favela Vila Autódromo, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Flávio and Julia on TransOlimpica, Colônia J. Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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'Vo Zeze walking on the future TransOlympic Highway, Colônia J. Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, 2015 C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Brothers Lucas, Thiago and Mateus on the shore of Lagoa de Jacarepagua, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Mementos of personal histories, Favela Vilà Autodromò, Rio de Janeiro, 2014
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Rocinha, View from Laboriaux, 2013;
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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'Seu' Barão and Tiago, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Tiago, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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'Vo Zeze, Colônia J. Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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'Vo Zeze, Colônia J. Moreira, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Laboriaux, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Exploradores - Trabajaras, Estradinha, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Maike, Pavão-Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Fernando com Fernanda e cão, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Laboriaux, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Miguel, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Jacqueline, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro,
2012 C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Miguel, Morro da Providência, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Fernanda, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Jose Martins, Laboriaux, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Alzira's daughter, Estradinha, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Laboriaux, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Vitor, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Vitor, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Fabiana, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Cesar, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro,
2012 C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Wood workshop, Pavão-Pavãozinho, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Dona Maria, Vila União, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Major Pricila de Azevedo, UPP, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Olympic Park site, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Trabajaras, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Douglas, Condomínio Ipê Amarelo/Branco, Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Eomar's mother, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Eomar, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Eomar, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5
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Google StreetView Image, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2014
Location of former home of Eomar
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Google Satellite Image, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
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Google Satellite Image, Favela do Metrô, Rio de Janeiro, 2014
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In lieu of portraits
Examples of letters written to representatives of the City of Rio de Janeiro and Olympic Organizing Committee whom I had repeatedly invited to participate in the project.
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Unknown Torch-Bearer, Research Material
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Bjarke testing flare, Brooklyn, NYC 2012
Screengrab from Video, 3min.
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Bjarke on rooftop with Delacroix' Liberty Leading the People
Photograph of research materials booklet
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Example of research into universally understood imagery and symbols according to keywords around the world,
both historically and contemporary, in preparation of the performative Torch-images in OLYMPIC FAVELA.
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Cover, OLYMPIC FAVELA book, published 2014, by Damiani/ArtBook
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OLYMPIC FAVELA book, published 2014, by Damiani/ArtBook
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Back Cover, OLYMPIC FAVELA book, published 2014, by Damiani/ArtBook
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Google Satellite Image, Laboriaux (top center) and Rocinha (center), Rio de Janeiro, 2014
Google has in recent years removed names of communities from its maps.
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Vila União, Rio de Janeiro, 2013 C-print from Negative, ca. 30x40 in., Edition of 5