Archive for December, 2010

A Life in Harmonia

Photography by Tiago Donato

The backhoe had already worked its way well into Vila Harmonia by the time we arrived, chewing through brick and concrete like it was chalk. There was about the community an air of surreal slowness, with the police, municipal guard, demolition crew and bulldozer sitting in the sun, while only the backhoe worked.

Harmonia is a tiny community at the end of Recreio dos Bandeirantes in the west zone. Squeezed in between an embankment, a field and a canal, it is anchored at one end by the compound of an extended family, who form the heart of the community and minister More >