Photographing has always been to me a way to look at the world. Sometimes, when I miss my camera, I feel like I’m not actually seeing.
By the time, I also realized that my pictures could represent much more than simple observations or personal memories. They are testimonies of – invisible – places, people and struggles which deserve to be communicated and shared.

The collection “CRÔNICAS FOTOGRÁFICAS” (photographic chronicles) is the result of 12 months of journalism in the whadow of the Corcovado, along with dozens of independent groups acting in the city-center of Rio de Janeiro or in its so called “perifery”.

The year 2018 was marked by the prison of Lula, the death of Marielle, and a extremely violent political campaign. But these photographs give the point of view of independent and cultural events accross the city, which never interested the main media.

Through a foreign eye, it tries to give a honnest look upon the diversity of the urban landscape, the favela, the carnival and the politial desmonstration.

Collection exposée à la galerie Alimentarte et au Travessa Café (Porto Alegre, 2019)

Toutes les photos sur flickr : @Charlotte Dafol

The cit of Rio de Janeiro presents a housing deficit of 420 000 homes, whereas thousands of real properties are abandoned. The area which was occupied bu the Povo Sem Medo Community belongs to a former textile factory, inactive for decades, and whose debt is ten times higher than the proper land value.

In a few weeks, the Povo Sem Medo occupation became a little neighbourhood, with no police, no drug trafficking and no cars, but lots of children playing in the narrow streets which emerged from the constructions.
I accompanied that aventure since the beginning and for more than one year, and recorded the great transformations of the area and its inhabitants with whom I improved profound frienships.

When they entered the place, which was in deplorable conditions and overwhelmed by vegetation, each family got a numerated plot and started to raise the challenge of building a house – counting on the solitarity of the other “occupants” and recycling any kind of material from the street. If every home is today equipped with its own kitchen, it was not the case during the firts months, when the alimentation was shared and helped with external supports.

Collection exposée à l’École Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm, Paris, 2018), à l’Espaço 900 et à la Casa Dê (Porto Alegre, 2019).
Publiée dans Vacarme n°86 (février 2019).

Toutes les photos sur flickr : @Charlotte Dafol

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