By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The final meeting of ‘Favelas em Foto: Imagens por direitos’ (Favelas in Photo: Images for rights) will be taking place this Saturday, August 11th from 2PM-6PM at ‘Museu de Arte do Rio’ (Rio Art Museum) in Rio’s city center.
In this final meeting the organization will be presenting the trajectory of their journey, the content of what their debates have been centered around, while also presenting the new stories that have arisen during these workshops.
As director Luiz Baltar tells participating NGO FASE, “The meetings brought together residents, activists, rights organizations, photographers and popular communication groups who affirmed the right of each community and social movement to tell their own history as a common good.”
Baltar recalls how the workshops were followed by meetings aimed at “encouraging the accomplishment of documentary works and the creation of nuclei or audiovisual collectives.”
On Saturday, August 11th, the day will begin at 2PM with a presentation of the printed photos from the four meetings. They will be displayed on a photo clothesline and will cover each area included in the project: Providência, Vila Kennedy, Manguinhos and Santa Marta.
At 3PM there will be a presentation of the stories gathered from the four workshops that will be shown as a projection. Participants will talk about their assessment of the experience and the teachers will also give an evaluation of the challenges and successes from each project.
From 3:30PM-5PM there will be presentations from Aércio De Oliveira, from the Rio-based NGO FASE, who will be talking about photography and human rights. There will also be presentations about documentary photography from famous Brazilian photographers Nana Moraes and João Roberto Ripper. This will be followed by an open debate with the public and the closure of the event.
With intermittent military occupations burdening many of Rio’s favela communities, this exhibition is a much-needed opportunity for photographers living in these communities to share their experiences directly with the wider public via the popular Museu de Arte do Rio.
What: ‘Favelas em Foto: Imagens por direitos’
When: Sunday, August 12th 2PM-6PM
Where: Museu de Arte do Rio – Praça Mauá, s/n – Centro.