This sculpture started as a very small project but sudden became a major piece which I develop between February 2016 and finalized one year later. The whole sculpture is made only using newspaper, foam, wood (armature) and masking tape and covered by thousands of about 3 cm pieces of MDF. The concept is a life-size sculpture of a child with arms that grow as tree branches symbolizing hope and growth. This piece is inspired by the favelas, and proposes specially to discuss the issues around the murder of black youngsters in peripheries of Brazil and the world. This sculpture wants to allude to the importance of these children for the construction of the future of Brazil, and the necessity to bring to light conversations around structural racism and its devastating consequences.

                                   O Futuro Repousa (The Future Lies) | 2017 | MDF, newspaper, wood, foam and masking
                                  tape | 175 cm x 110 cm x 140 cm | private collection

In a favela we observe an organic and complex social network of a community that have prevailed in a very creative way, making with little suppport from the government a practically self- sustainable environment and creating many intelligent businesses models, such as the implementation of vans to provide an alternative for people being able to have mobility around Rio, and many others to generate income and jobs in Rio communities.

When Brazil became a Republic in 1889, the administrators of Rio de Janeiro destroyed important documents regarding slavery trade in Brazil. The excuse was that ‘they wanted to erase this shameful period of our history’, erasing this way the possibility of making responsible those who were involved in this cruel scheme.

The tree symbolizes growth, hope and the sculpture is made of cheap and affordable materials. This sculpture is built intuitively and organically, in the same way people from communities across Rio and Brazil use innate and logical intelligence to build their homes. With 2 million people, the favelas from Rio de Janeiro would be the 7th biggest city of Brazil. There are around 763 favelas in Rio de Janeiro, constituting 22% of the whole city’s population.


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