2023
DOI: 10.1002/fea2.12114
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Under mother's eyes: Black gaze, state violence, and resilience in Rio de Janeiro

Abstract: In 2009, French street artist JR appeared in the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro and started taking photographs of women who were collectively mourning the recent slaughter of three teenagers. In a communal effort, these black‐and‐white portraits were reproduced at an enormous scale and pasted onto the favela's facade. Up close, the images were so big that they seemed to have no particular form. But from a distance, the faces assembled, revealing women's eyes gazing steadily at the city beneath the favela. In … Show more

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