Economic Dignity: São Paolo

Tarcísio’s Bar

Adler Murada, São Paulo, Brazil / Bruxelles, Belgium 

How was I to experiment, artistically, with such a unique location? The residency did not have any fixed format or studio space, discarding then traditional demands of art production. So how would I produce an artistic process based entirely on encounters with a supposed ‘other’? These questions intensify throughout meetings...

Sleeps a Man

Joshua Furst, New York City, United States 

Outside the Edifício Copan sleeps a man. On the steps of a church across from Praça Princesa Isabel, sleeps a man. In a folding chair in the dusty median along the Via Prof. Simão Faiguenboim, sleeps a man. In Praça Franklin Roosevelt, under a banyan tree, sleep four men, shrouded...

Maria and the Right to the Center

Paula Van Erven, São Paulo, Brazil 

Maria do Carmo came to São Paulo when she was eleven years old. Originally from the state of Piauí, she came to help take care of her sister’s children, and ended up staying for good. For over 30 years, Maria has lived in the Bela Vista neighborhood, in the center...

Profile: Nazaré Brazil – The Cultural Occupation at São João

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

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, United States 

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, Brazil 

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, Brazil 

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...