By Saira Ansari, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Located in the back streets of Centro, tucked away in a corner a few yards behind the Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica (Municipal Art Center Hélio Oiticica) is the unassuming facade of A Gentil Carioca gallery. There is no grand entrance or a swanky gallery sign; no shiny well-lit picture windows giving a glimpse of the inside; no well-manicured gallerist peering out in anticipation. In fact, even when looking for the gallery, the tiny stairway door entrance is mistaken for a backdoor of some shop.

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