Public Engagement


Maré de Dentro: Life in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

Maré de Dentro is a visual art exhibit which documents resident life in Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest group of favelas (informal urban neighborhoods). It incorporates a series of visual projects produced through the collaboration of Henrique Gomes da Silva, a Brazilian activist from Maré, Antonello Veneri, an Italian photojournalist, and Nadia Sussman, an American videographer. The photographic component is comprised of family portraits that capture the diverse familial configurations inside (“dentro”) Maré’s homes. Another series of photographs and several short films document the occupation of Maré by 2,500 military soldiers ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Overall, the exhibit combats powerful prejudices and stigmatizing narratives about favelas and their residents by representing the dignity of favela residents and their diverse human, familial, and urban identities. Click the links below for photographs of the exhibits.

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