IMAGENS DO POVO (IMAGES OF THE PEOPLE)
Promoted by the Observatório de Favelas (Slum Observatory), the project trains popular photographers in visual arts and its respective market.
Between October 2012 and September 2013, the Imagens do Povo programme hosted a specialist photography course offered exclusively for ex-students of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers) in Maré, one of the main activities developed by the Imagens do Povo programme, of the Observatório de Favelas. Around 40 photographers from different popular regions of the city, mostly aged between 18 and 39, gained a deeper understanding through contact with the artistic production involved in photography and the art market, constituting another important part of their training.
The lessons were given by guest professors and were complimented with visits to cultural centres, galleries and studios. The course, sponsored by Statoil, was coordinated by the anthropologist and photographer Milton Guran with advisory input from Márcia Mello. Mello is an associate member of the Galeria Tempo, an important space for the dissemination of modern photographic production in Rio de Janeiro.
Project participants included Brazilians Evandro Teixeira, Rodrigo Braga, Renan Cepeda, Kitty Paranaguá, Thiago Barros, Joaquim Paiva and Rosangela Rennó as well as Americans David Allan Harvey and Stevie McCurry, as well as Belgian Charif Benhelima.
The contributions made by each of the artists, gallery managers, curators, historians and technicians was fundamental in forging new opportunities in the creative process of the photographers trained by the Observatório de Favelas. The results of the developments made were showcased in a group exhibition which occupied one floor of the Centro Cultural da Justiça Federal located in Cinelândia in the centre of Rio. As part of the exhibition, called "Na Teia da Memória" ("In the Web of Memory"), the artists showcased their interpretations by exploring various different ways of representing memory and the subjective manners in which it unfolds, in an interplay between space, matter and time.