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.
As waves of protests against government overspending for sporting mega-events rock Brazil recently, it becomes apparent that the policy of evictions is only one of many expressions of a governing system that excludes vast portions of the population from the economic upturn the country has seen in recent years.
OLYMPIC FAVELA is composed of two bodies of work: One is a series of portraits of residents in 13 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.
This gallery shows a selection of images and related research material of a larger body of work.
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For more information about the book OLYMPIC FAVELA click this link: www.olympicfavela.com.
OLYMPIC FAVELA is an ongoing project.