From Valongo to the Favela: the imaginary and the periphery
Organisation by Clarissa Diniz and Rafael Cardoso
2015 | English and Portuguese | 21.5 x 28 cm | 244p.
Published by MAR/Instituto Odeon
From Valongo to the Favela: the imaginary and the periphery arose from the curatorship of Clarissa Diniz and Rafael Cardoso and brings the museum closer to its surroundings by approaching the imaginary and representations of Rio de Janeiro throughout time. Like in the exhibition, the catalogue is organized starting from two historical locations: The Valongo Quay, the largest slave trading port in the world in the 19th century, and the appearance of the favela as a feature more evident in the new exclusion of the freed, remaining under continuing slavery values and post-colonial power. This publication is part of a priority action in MAR’s activities: to highlight the Afro-Brazilian contribution to the shaping of Rio and the country, starting from our direct surroundings, the port region. What’s more, it is composed as a tribute to the city on its 450th anniversary, an inciter for it to rediscover itself in full critical reflection, exalting the richness of black culture that shapes it in so many ways.