Door: Ellen Sluis De favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Vroeger onbegaanbaar terrein voor de Braziliaanse overheid en de private sector vanwege de gewelddadige confrontaties tussen de heersende drugsgangs en de militaire politie, bekend uit films als Tropa de Elite en City of God, maar sinds ruim twee jaar gezien als goudmijn met miljoenen potentiële consumenten […]
By Emily LeBaron some thoughts swirling around my head this morning: from what i’m hearing and seeing, favela residents in Alemao feel their communities have been invaded and taken over by UPP/BOPE forces. in this sense their daily experience is a military/political occupation, and a dispute over space. but while many external to the favleas […]
From November till December 2012, our Barraco #55 team has been joining hands with the artists of Cascoland. They stayed in the community for 1 month working on the project Lajes que Falam and the Comuniférico, in collaboration with Barraco #55 and the local residents of Complexo do Alemão. (portuguese below)
Finally Saturday the 8th of September has come, the day of the fourth JAM do Barraco. The day starts with the film workshop given by Rodrigo. Luis, his student, has a lot to film on Praça #55, the square next to the hostel/cultural centre “Arte na Favela”where the JAM is going to take place. People walking up and down the street, filling the refrigerator in the shack with beer, Eddu making a bench of carpet and tubes that normally function as electricity poles, Carlinhos connecting wires for the sound, laptops and the beamer that projects visuals on the wall above the graffiti painting.
The party starts at 7, people gather on the square and by passers stop to watch the musicians that take turns in jamming together. People enjoy the music and a beer and some dare to taste the ‘arabic pizza’ with humus. Next to the shack Maria set out her collection of self-made bracelets and in the mean time she braids tereres in hair.
Rio +20 is over but it turned out that the planet will not be saved yet. Unfortunately, but are we surprised? Of course we had the chance to accompany the event closely, as we’re now in Rio. But to be honest, we lost our apetite due to a couple of incidents regarding the whole event, […]
The ‘pacification’ of the favela Complexo do Alemã0 in Rio de Janeiro has caused many changes in the everyday lives of the residents. A territory that used to be occupied by drugs gangs is now being (re-)taken by the Brazilian state through the occupation by the army, in order to increase security in these areas, […]
After the occupation of Complexo do Alemão in November 2010 – until then considered one of the “most dangerous” favelas of Rio – there is an increased interest from actors (public, private and non-profit) outside of the community. Especially digital technologies play an important role in this process. Community residents have recognised the interest from […]
On March 23 I wrote one of my first blog posts about Complexo do Alemão and the occupation. I wrote about the cable car (Teleférico) that is a project of the government’s PAC program and built as a new form of public transport within the community. Supposedly it would improve the mobility of the community […]