On Favelas: Joy and Pain in the City

As anyone who followed our adventures in Brazil in February and March already knows, we sort of fell in love with the intoxicating and wonderful place. Here’s a blog we put together on the play aspects of our trip, part of our #PlayFinders project.

So, it was great to hear about a new photographic show at one of London’s best institutions – The Horniman Museum.

The realities of life in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are revealed in the Horniman’s new photographic exhibition, which is open now.

Favela: Joy and Pain in the City features unique images taken by three young Brazilian photographers, sharing their vision of Rio de Janeiro.

Photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano all come from Brazil’s largest favela, Maré. Their series of evocative photographs captures the complexities of life in urban Brazil: the joy of children playing football and skateboarding, the presence of the armed forces, and carnival performers amidst the vistas and skylines of Rio, the Cidade Maravilhosa.

“These photographs offer a compelling insight into the lives of the people who live in Rio’s favelas, underlining that there are no better documenters of the life of a city than those who know it best. Through their skill, the Rio based-photographers demonstrate the power of the medium and show us their vision of life in their city, its joys and pains.” ~ Tim Corum, Director Curatorial & Public Engagement at the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Each of the photographers has earned their reputation amongst contemporary Brazilian photographers through the exceptional quality of their work and the unique vision they bring of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré.

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Favela: Joy and Pain in the City is free to visit and will be open from Saturday 23 April to Sunday 18 September, as part of the Horniman’sBrasil summer season. Further details of the Brasil season coming soon at www.horniman.ac.uk.

For more on the PlayFinders project, which is scheduled to launch in May 2016 follow: @PlayFinders





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