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Favela: Joy and Pain in the City

Free exhibition of unique photographs showing the realities of favela life in Rio de Janeiro by three young Brazilian photographers.

Photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano – each of whom comes from Brazil's largest favela, Maré – show us their vision of Rio de Janeiro in this series of evocative photographs.

Their photography captures the complexities of life in urban Brazil: the joy of children playing football and skateboarding, the presence of the armed forces, and carnival performers amidst the vistas and skylines of Rio, the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Each of the photographers has earned their reputation amongst contemporary Brazilian photographers through the exceptional quality of their work and the unique vision they bring of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré.

This exhibition is part of our 2016 Festival of Brasil summer season.