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.
- Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Red Hook, NY, February 1 – February 28, 2019
- Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, March 5 – May 5, 2019
- Burling Gallery. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, November 2 – February 19, 2019
- “Life in a War Zone: Putting the military in control of Rio de Janeiro’s policing threatens Brazilian democracy,” US News & World Report. Published online February 23, 2018.
- “Mobilization in the Wake of Rio’s Olympics,” Mobilizing Ideas. Published online August 28, 2016.
- “With Brazil in Spotlight, Rio’s Favela Pacification Program at a Crossroads,” World Politics Review. Published online June 9, 2014.
- “Rio de Janeiro’s BOPE and Police Pacification: Fear and Intimidation in Complexo da Maré,” Anthropoliteia. Published online June 6, 2014.
- “The Rio Protests: Who, What, Why and Will They Matter?” The Monkey Cage. Published online June 28, 2013.
- “A Look Inside Rio’s Favelas,” on Brazil Unfiltered with James N. Green. March 26, 2019.
- “Governing Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas,” on Trending Globally with Sarah Beneich-Baldwin. March 17, 2019.
- Castro, Montserrat G. “Burling exhibit explores life in Brazil’s Complexo da Maré,” The Scarlet & Black. November 7, 2019.