Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities


A while back, I blogged Favela Painting: Give the People a Voice.

What do we do about society’s perception?

To quote the original video that you can find here: “…although these communities cover nearly every hillside of the city, this somehow did not seem to be considered a legitimate part of it.  They were feared, endured constant negative portrayal in the media, and suffered under heavy conflicts between drug gangs and police.  Self-built and self-organized, to us the favela seemed to be full of creativity and hope.  This made us think, then suddenly we had a crazy idea.  What if we could paint all these houses in the communities into unifying designs.  It could make the neighbourhood look more beautiful and as for attention: in a positive way.  You could make people stop and look…and show the outside world what proud and vibrant communities favelas really are.”


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