Photo exhibit by Rio homeless documents Olympics impact

There are plenty of foreign journalists reporting on how the 2016 Summer Olympics is negatively impacting some of Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished citizens, sometimes offering up with little more than predictable hand-wringing. But a new photo exhibit dubbed A New Look at the Olympics is providing a fresh perspective on the topic through the eyes of locals who are intimately acquainted with the plight of Rio’s dispossessed.

Banco da Providência, a social justice organization run by Rio’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese, offers a program that provides temporary housing, vocational training and social insertion services to homeless men with no family bonds; 17 of them took a photography course offered by the program between April and May. They documented how construction of the BRT bus rapid transit system is causing upheaval along Avenida Brasil, one of the city’s key thoroughfares, as well as the displacement of families in the Vila Autódromo favela.

In conjunction with the program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 30, an exhibit featuring 37 photos was unveiled at Biblioteca Parque Estadual.

Um novo olhar sobre as Olimpíadas
Tue-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Through July 15. Free admission.
Biblioteca Parque Estadual
Av. Presidente Vargas, 1261 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20071-004, Brazil

Photos by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil

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Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, web developer and (occasional) event promoter. As founder and content director for this site, I keep an eye on what's wrong with Brazil, but what really makes my heart beat faster is sharing the exciting things happening in Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative industries.

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