Directly from the archives, a glance at the Brazilian photo-reportage (photo+text) created between Santa Maria and Rio de Janeiro for the Popeye – Ethnovisual Association (April-June, 2013). The entire set can also be visited on the
Association’s FB page.
Here you can find few snapshots from the main reportage.
Beaches, the “light” side of Rio
Rio de Janeiro – Few meters away from the poor corners of Cidade do Deus, the huge favela, the world famous beaches of the Brazilian metropolis are the set for a completely different lifestyle. Rich citizens and tourist idle on the sand or practice surf, careless of the need to earn their dinner: they will probably have crabs and caviard anyway.
Favelas, Life in the Brazilian maze
Rio de Janeiro – One cannot walk around, alone, in a favela. It sounds very strange and it is actually quite not safe, not to reccommend. The small and dirty streets, with cumuls of litter on the streetwalks and stray dogs wandering around the used cartons, should provide a good idea. Another clue are the houses, built in bricks, metal and pieces of wood. Material poverty is everywhere: from the trash on the floor to the hidden cats within the bins full of rain water, deep in the glance of the children that play along the road, who welcome you with a huge smile and a soccer ball, or in the sense of loneliness that you can breathe at any corner.
The culture of tags and pichação
Santa Margherita – Forgotten by many – if not completely unknown or considered of irrelevant interest – the old station is today inhabited by homeless people, watched by a group of security guards from the railway company and frequented by a group of street artists who use to draw graffiti over the city’s walls and the train wagons.
Trains to nowhere: stuck in the Estaçao
Estaçao do Ventos – This informal settlement, born over the train trails of an old line of the América Latina Logística (ALL), is now inhabited by hundreds of people. A non governmental organization it taking care of the destinies of people whose names and lives have been left behind in the past.
Survival strategies, from Africa to America
Santa Maria, a trolley to recycle the litter.
A strategy of survival can depend on the cohesion of the smallest social tissue, most of the time made of a family-based collaboration.
A bitter kiss. Burn in Santa Maria
A wall to commemorate the victims of the disaster.
Santa Maria – The burn in the disco Kiss exploded between 2 and 2.30 in the morning, Brazilian time, on the 27th of January 2013, killing 242 people and causing several casualties (168), some of whom died because of the wounds caused by the fire.
Sneaking in the favela of Cidade do Deus
Litter, stray dogs and cats that lay over the bins filled with rain water. The children show themselves from poor houses built in bricks, metal and wood, with doors and windows always open. This is the favela of Cidade do Deus.
Capoeira: in chains to fight for freedom
Rio de Janeiro – A struggle, a dance, an acrobatic exhibition, a religious and musical ritual, a cultural and social pride of uncertain origins, syncretic and complex to define. The visual beauty of Capoeira goes beyond any category.
Local foods: learning on a kiosk bench
Rio de Janeiro – The understanding of a different culture passes also through the taste of foods and drinks we do not know.
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