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Photo Galleries - Issue #17
The khan's armed entourage at a political meeting in the hujera.
A bodyguard. Anyone of any status has a bodyguard.
An old khan and his son in the khan's hujera.
The khan's son reclining in the hujera (guest house).
A khan's client taking tea in the hujera (guest house).
Decorated columns in the guest house.
Fight for Rio's Streets
Climbing up the hill on endless staircases. Pavão-Pavãozinho is one of Rio de Janeiro's famous favelas and sits atop Cantagalo Hill right behind the rich neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Around 10,000 people live in Pavão-Pavãozinho. The first houses were built at the beginning of the 20th century and the community has expanded since then. The consolidated area has narrow streets and a high degree of densification.
The spectacular postcard view from the top of the hill overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. At the bottom lies the neighborhood of Copacabana with its famous and crowded beaches.
Acme in front of one of his murals only a few steps from his house. In most of his paintings, he draws a child-like figure with innocent, large, limpid eyes wearing a helmet in the form of an eagle.
Caranguejo is the poorest area in the favela. Some houses here are still improvised wood structures and basic services (water, electricity, sanitation) are in a poor state. Living here can be very exhausting.
You may find homemade and quite adventurous architecture up here, but it has been built out of necessity, and with no services or infrastructure provided by the public authorities.
The very end of the favela. The stairs are made of mud and lead up to a football field, behind which the dense forest starts.
An archway painted by local artists marks the beginning of the open air museum at every entrance to the favela. Acme was inspired by the Parisian Arc de Triomphe.
At the bottom of Pavão-Pavãozinho, the biggest square in the favela is Alegria da Zona Sul – the Happiness of the South Zone. It is one of the few public spaces here. The graffiti on the wall depicts the local carnival school.
On a sunny day in December, children play football or ride their bicycles. Residents meet here in the evenings or on weekends and sometimes concerts or parties are organized in the square.
The paintings also show the daily challenges of informal living. Residents are regularly exposed to police violence. In 2009 the favela was pacified and a special police task force has been stationed here ever since.
Garbage is a major challenge for the community. In this caricature the trash collector is telling the pig to stop throwing garbage on the streets. The angry pig responds that he is just making sure the trash collector has work.
Acme has invited many other national and international graffiti artists to Pavão-Pavãozinho. This is a collaboration with famous graffiti artist Does from the Netherlands.
Vietnam Square in Caranguejo. The water tank in the middle can be used as a stage for events.
The square from above. The wooden frame will support punching bags for the boxing classes for children and adults led by a professional teacher from the community and scheduled to start by the beginning of 2016.
Acme is installing a mount to hold a projector for open-air cinema sessions on the hill. He wants to project movies onto a removable white canvas hung on one of the houses.
Every year for Christmas Acme and his wife Iani organize a Christmas party with a tree out of recycled materials. They collect donations and presents for the children of the community.
A child standing on the water tank flying his kite. Acme wants to organize art classes for children and offer them better educational options and perspectives in life.
One of the houses around the square with graffiti paintings on the wall. In the poor neighborhood colors and paintings on houses can make a real difference and change the perception of these forgotten spaces.
Over 30 of Rio's graffiti artists have come here to paint the entrance of the Morro das Prazeres or Hill of Joy favela. Local residents offer graffiti tours of the community.
André Kajaman mixed graffiti with stencils to of to create this bird a little reminiscent of the famous angry bird game.
Very few people benefited from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. While the country spent billions building stadiums and other sports amenities, most people are still suffering from high inflation and unemployment.
Acme also participated in the art project to upgrade the Morro dos Prazeres favela. Maybe you recognize his figure with the eagle helmet.
A famous mural by Marcelo Ment. He often paints women with forceful looks and wild and colorful hair. Words like Amor - Love are written in the strands of her hair.
Graffiti is omnipresent in the city. The Carioca style is known for its color and energy.
Football is one of Brazil's greatest passions. Posters from a local citizen’s campaign to restore the local tram in the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa are visible in the background.
Nestornauto - in memory of ex-president Nestór Kirchner who died in 2010 after having introduced many necessary social reforms to benefit the country's impoverished majority in particular after an era of neoliberal dictatorship.
The colorful work of Gualicho, a name based on the word for bewitch, with bizarre retro-futurist landscapes. In this complex orange, red, and yellow painting, he combines animals and human beings with different shapes and icons.
A discrete but powerful piece of street art in memory of the famous Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who to this day are still searching for their missing children stolen and put up for adoption during the military dictatorship.
Graffiti artist Jaz has painted Mao Tse Tung in the neighborhood of Palermo. He is especially interested the aesthetics of Chinese propaganda and uses vivid colors in his murals.
Mixing forms and styles - the new generation of urban artists is creative. Artists paint during the day and with the permission of the home owners. As people pass by, they stop to watch the great art and eye-catcher taking shape on the street.
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