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This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Last Saturday October 12, the first #OcupaSARAU event was held, along with a Children’s Day party in Morro dos Mineiros, organized by the OccupyALEMÃO collective. The idea of the Sarau, or evening event, was to commemorate Children’s Day by remembering the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, created in November 1959 and ratified as the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 by representatives from 140 countries, highlighting the principle that states that all children have the right More >
The photographic essay “Vila Autódromo, Fragments of Life,” created by photographer JV Santos in partnership with the group Enter Without Knocking, is the product of a course at the School of Popular Photography, created by the documentary photographer João Roberto Ripper with the support of the Favela Observatory. This is an excerpt from the memoirs of a family that lives in Vila Autódromo. At this very moment the community is suffering tremendous pressure from City authorities to accept the public housing that is being built “for them” to move to in early 2014, though the majority of residents has consistently been against More >
Click here for original article in Portuguese.
“Why toil in the country, in the city? The machine will do it for us. Why think, imagine? The machine will do it for us. Why write a poem? The machine will do it for us. Why climb Jacob’s ladder? The machine will do it for us.
Oh machine, pray for us.”
Litany, by Cassiano Ricardo
With dramatic intonation, Seu Rodrigues recites a few verses of this poem. Not many photographers pay tribute to their camera during an interview. But 58-year old Manoel Rodrigues Moura, photographer and resident of the Complexo do Alemão community, has a special reason to do so. Seven years ago he partially More >
“I have one rule,” says Felipe Paiva, as my calves start to feel the burn from ascending the streets of Vidigal, “to see the view point at the top of Vidigal, you can’t drive, take a motor taxi, or a van, you have to walk!”
And it was worth the walk as we arrived at a platform high atop favela Vidigal, where there emerged a stunning view of the vibrant community and beyond it, Rio’s South Zone, the white sand stretching from Leblon to Leme.
Felipe’s pride and connection to his native neighborhood are apparent not just in his photographs but also in More >
Originally published in Portuguese here.
Favelas are fruitful places for the creation of culture. Samba, capoeira, and choro are dances and music that have defined Rio’s aesthetic. Funk, hip-hop, break dancing and forró represent the experiences of the people living in favelas. Graffiti, photography and video have re-written what it means to belong to this city.
Favelas make culture flourish in Rio de Janeiro. In their alleys, narrow roads and small squares happen the interactions that weave an extensive fabric of sociability, religion and humanity. It’s the mix of art and life that transforms everyday hope into culture.
It is for this reason, and many others, that favelas More >