Lanchonete.org

Lanchonete.org is an artist-led, five year cultural platform that focuses on how people live and work in, navigate and share the contemporary city, with the center of São Paulo as its outlook. It gets its name from the ubiquitous lunch counters—convivial, fluorescent-lit, open-walled, laborious points of commerce—that populate almost every street corner.  Lanchonete.org is about the issues that big cities face, the different forms of urban power, and The Right to the City, but not as a means to define these constructs…rather to stretch the platform as far as is necessary to consider diverse viewpoints. Lanchonete.org takes cues from Henri Lefebvre’s The Right to the City (1968), a perspective that “demand[s] a transformed and renewed access to urban life,” as well as Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life (1984) among many others.

Profile: Nazaré Brazil – The Cultural Occupation at São João

Sidd Joag, New York City 

October 2010 – Some three hundred people, mostly women, children, and the elderly walked in holding candles and singing Evangelical songs. The new residents of the abandoned former Hotel Columbia on São João Street had tricked the police and were now in control—one of the seventeen buildings that were occupied...

Profile: Abdoulaye – The Accidental Paulistano

Sidd Joag, New York City 

It’s not uncommon to see a group of brown and black men standing, sitting, or laying outside of a non-descript building, on a dead end street in the Mooca Bresser neighborhood of São Paulo. Once you pass through a single metal door, you find yourself outside a waiting room where...

Stationary Absence

Paula Van Erven, São Paulo 

Carla Perez’s photo, which now gathers dust alongside decade-old bottles of cachaça, and whose inkjet-printed colors begin to fade into a tone of cyan, still arouses in me a strange mix of terror and endearment. What child in Brazil did not grow up with these hypersexualized portrayals of women, transiting...

The Starting Point: Tarcísio’s Bar

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

Built in 1955 by the architect Aron Kogan: 14 Bis, Caravelle, and Demoiselle are three buildings collectively known as Conjunto Santos Dumont, named after the first airplanes built by the Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont. On the ground floor, under a marquis, between the two most emblematic buildings on Rua...

Current Geographies of Haitian Migration

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

An almost uncountable number of Haitian migrants are in transit throughout Latin America at this very moment. From the warm Caribbean waters to the steepest mountains of the Andes, from the tropical forests to the arid Mexican deserts, Haitian migrants are everywhere. Overcoming the limit of what human beings can...

Looking for Lesbians

Niki Singleton, New York City 

A collection of essays, artistic contributions, and two inserted zines, Queer City, a reader was developed as part of an 18-month inquiry in São Paulo. Initiated by Lanchonete.org and ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, the Queer City program was a broad collective inquiry into how can we understand the contemporary city through a queer,...

Janta—Comida Queer, Política Queer: Notes on a Methodology

Thiago Carrapatoso, São Paulo 

Paulo Goya and I met in 2014 during some events that I organized at City Hall to discuss urban public policies that affect the center of the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. At that time, Paulo was very concerned with the rapid gentrification São Paulo faces. He inherited a mansion...

I drag you with me: ancestry and contemporary practice

Edgar Calel, Guatemala City 
Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

I drag you with me: ancestry and contemporary practice (a conversation between Raphael Daibert and Edgar Calel) Edgar Calel came to São Paulo for a three-month residency that extended to six. Through a partnership between the Latin American artist residency platform Lastro and the artist-led cultural platform Lanchonete.org, Calel was...

The Tangled Histories of Disconnected Places

Lucia Nhamo, Harare 

This interview of artist Lucia Nhamo, conducted by Aïcha Diallo, originally appeared at ContemporaryAnd.com. Lucia Nhamo was awarded the Goethe/Lanchonete residency prize at Bamako Encounters in 2015. The Goethe Institut and Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere supported the juried prize of a two-month residency for an artist from Bamako Encounters with Lanchonete.org in São Paulo. The...

Enclaves of Struggle

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

Borders do not only exist between countries, but also inside urban spaces. The São Paulo megalopolis is full of borders, be they subtle or concrete, and the homeless population and recently arrived refugees struggle for their right to exist there. A version of this article was originally published in Portuguese by Goethe-Institut São Paulo,...

Immersed in Context: Jakub Szczesny

Karina Taylor, New York City 

Polish architect Jakub Szczesny’s ambitions go well beyond designing another dull glass skyscraper. From imagining an artificial island that purifies water through coordinated human exercise, to creating the world’s narrowest house to dialogue with Warsaw’s architectural past, Szczesny’s inventive answers to unusual challenges have received international acclaim. Through a series...

My Two Muggings: Urban Vignettes from São Paulo, Part II

Todd Lanier Lester, São Paulo 

In Part II of “Urban Vignettes”, World Policy Senior Fellow Todd Lanier Lester expands on his ideas, applying a global perspective to how public urban development projects can affect property values and social outcomes for communities around the globe. In the first part of this essay, I wrote about the...

Hydrotropism: Lessons from Ficus Elastica

Thiago Gonçalves, São Paulo 

The directional growth of plant roots towards water availability is what scientists call hydrotropism. The latter half of the term, “tropism,” is meant to describe the physiological response of an organism to a stimulus. Aside from any dry, technical definitions, it is through these processes that we see how an...