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 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.
For more images email me.

The book 'OLYMPIC FAVELA' was published by Damiani/DAP ARTbook in 2014 timed with the beginning of the World Cup.
For information about the book click this link: www.olympicfavela.com.

OLYMPIC FAVELA is an ongoing project.

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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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Laboriaux, Rio de Janeiro, 2012
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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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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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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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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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.