This series relates to my experience working in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 2010 and again in October 2012. Though Brazil had unprecedented economic growth and wealth, there is still a large discrepancy between the rich, the growing middle class, and the poor. In most large cities, the poorest and even some working class people live in these large often hilly, densely packed urban favelas.
Tapaçaria weaves images from three Belo Horizonte favelas with images from “Inhotim” an art park, nature preserve, and spectacular botanical gardens located outside the city. I am contrasting “Inhotim,” visited primarily by middle class, wealthy Brazilians and international tourists interested in world-class contemporary art and exotic nature, with the favelas, which have their own unique urban “beauty” to highlight these important social issues in Brazil.
Image 1: Inhotim #2 – archival inkjet print on Hahnamuhle – 13.3 x 20” – 2012
Image 2: Tapeçaria (Tapestry) (with Wendy Bernstein) – Digitally printed fabric, welded steel and panel – 4′ x 6′ – 2013
Image 3: Tapeçaria, detail