Curicica: mobilization, urbanization & community identity in Rio de Janeiro

"It's necessity that created these communities, and it's due to the weight of inequality and negligence that difficult measures had to be taken to ensure the well-being of those inhabiting them. The life that the era offered for those excluded from a small circle of privilege was one of much uncertainty and scarce opportunity. They decided, then, to build their own opportunities. Their own neighborhoods, their own houses, their own lives."

During the last half of my internship with Catalytic Communities, an NGO working to empower grassroots development and bring light to government neglect in Rio de Janeiro's traditionally marginalized favela communities, I was assigned to research a cluster of favelas in the city's West Zone who were awaiting urban integration programs through the municipal project Morar Carioca.  A month and a half later, photos and conversations were structured into what I'll be sharing here: a four-part series (originally published on http://rioonwatch.org/) that attempts to portray the history, identity, hopes and doubts that mark the region during this era of uncertain promise.

Location

Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
  • Rexy Josh Dorado | August 26th, 2012
    “Life continues.” “She was in an accident just recently,” said Sônia Omário, ex-president of Vila União da Curicica, as we cut through her friend’s house and into her community. “The car flipped over and she was thrown right out.” Looking at the...
  • Rexy Josh Dorado | August 26th, 2012
    Quando será? The Residents’ Association of Vila Calmete sits above polluted waters that run alongside the community’s residential streets. On the other side of a short bridge, rich plantlife springs out of diverse pots of soil, framing the river...
  • Rexy Josh Dorado | August 26th, 2012
    A community that breathes. Carlos Alberto “Bezerra” Costa, Resident’s Association president of Asa Branca, stopped to look over the row of houses that greeted us into favela Abadiana, his voice a few keys graver than usual as he spoke: “To...
  • Rexy Josh Dorado | August 26th, 2012
    During the last half of my internship with Catalytic Communities, an NGO working to empower grassroots development and bring light to government neglect in Rio de Janeiro's traditionally marginalized favela communities, I was assigned to research a...