(c) Peter Bauza, Copacabana Palace, 2016: Young Eduarda is sitting outside a window and observes the street happenings. She lives with her 7 siblings in one of the 6 never finished buildings of a supposed middle class condo project, not far away from Rio de Janeiro (60 kms), but still far enough to be hidden from our view. Erosion, corrosion, missing doors and windows, looting of pipes, cable and all removable parts led to the collapse of the buildings. Nevertheless, this is their home and shelter.

Peter Bauza
Copacabana Palace

  27. April – 8. Juni 2018

Opening:Thursday, 26. April, 7 pm

The photographer will be present at the opening

For the first time in Berlin, Fotogalerie Friedrichshain presents the documentary series Copacabana Palace by Peter Bauza that won a World Press Photo Award in the category Contemporary Issues – Stories in 2017.

Millions of people in Brazil live without secure housing. Government-backed social housing schemes, aimed at reducing an estimated shortage of 5.24 million homes in Brazil, have had limited impact. Some 300 families live in a neighborhood in Campo Grande, in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro, squatting in derelict apartment blocks: the remnants of a failed middle-class housing development of 30 years ago. Residents call the quarter ‘Jambalaya’, after a TV show, or sometimes ‘Copacabana Palace’ after a luxury hotel. Like many favelas and slums across the country, the quarter lacks basic infrastructure and living conditions are poor.

While Rio de Janeiro prepared for the Olympic Summer Games 2016 with huge investments, Peter Bauza lived with the people of Copacabana Palace for months, gained their confidence and created an authentic portrait of a society on the edge of survival.






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