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Rio de Janeiro is the place in Brazil where actions focused on the urbanization of informal urban settlements are highly discussed, proposed and experimented. This probably is due to the fact that, in our city, many of these settlements occupy a prominent position in the landscape, disputing the territory with other uses considered nobler. However, the presence of the slum not only manifests itself in the landscape, it is also strongly linked to the city’s identity.
The first census of slums in Brazil was held in Rio in 1948, when it was found that more than 6% of the city’s residents were already living in this kind of informal settlement. In the 62 years that separate that survey and the 2010 Census, the population living in slums has continued to expand, with its geometric annual growth rates always exceeding the overall growth of the city. Today, the slum’s residents are already 22% of the population,
Until the 60’s, the slums were basically located between the downtown, southern and northern areas of the city. Nowadays, they are homogeneously present in all neighborhoods, from the richest to the poorest.
In 1984-1994 she was involved in different art activities including making conservations, ceramics, painting (mural and oil) and gilding. Shortly after that she worked for three different TV programs; TV Information Agency - Channel 1 News, Journalistic Program - Attention Center and Cultural Program - Panteon preparing TV report and short commentaries. At the same time she initiated cooperation with newspapers. In 1998 she moved to Brazil. At the same time, she continued her cooperation with different international newspapers and worked on different scripts for independent TV producers. She also continued doing her photographic work, painting and designing book layers. Photographs were taken during journalistic different trips and report. By showing life through photographs taken without posing, awareness but yet showing and recognizing emotional and social dimensions within, one may have impression that we are observing the world from a far distance with a hidden camera.