Maré from the Inside: Art, Culture, and Politics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Maré from the Inside is a collaborative art exhibit curated by Nicholas Barnes which documents resident life in Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro’s largest group of favelas (informal urban neighborhoods). It incorporates a series of visual projects produced through the collaboration of Henrique Gomes, a cultural producer from Maré, Antonello Veneri, an Italian photojournalist, and Nadia Sussman, an American videographer. The photographic component is comprised of family portraits that capture the diverse familial configurations inside Maré’s homes. Another series of photographs and several short films document local life amid the occupation of Maré by 2,500 military soldiers ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Several written texts are also provided by Andreza Jorge, a Maré activist, mother, and educator, and Stephanie Savell, an American academic and ethnographer. Overall, Maré from the Inside intends to represent the dignity of these communities and their diverse human, familial, and urban identities while combatting powerful prejudices and stigmatizing narratives about favelas and their residents. Visit the official exhibit website here.


Three films related to Maré de Dentro can be viewed below:


Headbanging in the House of God

Girl’s Life