Olympic Favela is a photography and video project that visualizes the effects of forced removal of residents in 14 of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, implemented by the city government in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.
In 2012, in response to news reports of widespread evictions of residents from their homes and businesses through Rio's housing authority Secretaria Municipal de Habitação (SMH), I began photographing the people affected by these evictions, as well as the residents organizing resistance to SMH's policies.
Olympic Favela consists of two types of portraiture:
The first type is environmental portraiture of the residents, photographed in front of their homes, which have been designated for removal by SMH with spray-painted code numbers. The second type is directed imagery of residents posing with flaming emergency torches, photographed in their communities. In these images the residents are no longer a subject that I look upon; their role in the image becomes active as they embrace the opportunity to represent their community, their struggle, and their resistance.
'Seu' Barão and Tiago, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
OLYMPIC FAVELA Film Poster, 2016 (theatrical version)Untitled
Football team, Favela Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro 2015
Vitor, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, 2012