Blog - Pedro Lobo
Architektur des Uberlebens/Rio is a Hot City - Hellerau Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden - 18.05 - 30-06.2016

“Architecture of Survival”, photographs by Pedro Lobo
The exhibition of large format photographs by Brazilian-born photographer Pedro Lobo, documenting the favelas or shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro, the longest-lived squatter settlements in the world. There are about one billion squatters worldwide, one million of which are in Rio de Janeiro. Lobo’s photographic landscapes document the organized chaos of hillsides overrun with homes. The photographs suggest a progression toward permanence, as people put down roots and build communities within these impromptu urban developments. Pedro Lobo photographs these constructions in the “favelas” with the same techniques one would use to document a monument or a privileged home. These beautifully composed images do not shy away from the sprawl, or the hardships of the favelas, yet they are filled with optimism necessary for life in these marginalized urban neighbourhoods. These images attempt to show the human dignity of the “favela” dwellers, in spite of all the difficulties faced by those who have no other choice but to live in these excluded communities.

“Rio is a hot city”, photographs by Severino Silva
This show aims to provide viewers with different perspectives of Rio de Janeiro, offering integrated, and at the same time, fragmented views of a city that happens beyond the stereotyped images that are globally known and are part of everyone’s imagination. The exhibition will gather photographs of Rio’s life and lifestyle by Severino Silva. A full-time photographer for the daily newspaper “O Dia”, Severino Silva is one of Brazil's top crime photographers, working on the frontline of Rio's violent drug conflict. Silva, himself a northeastern migrant, lives with his family in the Tavares Bastos community. He is self taught and has worked his way up the photojournalist scene in Rio de Janeiro. His “insider” vision of Rio allows his images to go beyond stereotypes and preconceived ideas.

Curated by Dieter Jaenicke and Pedro Lobo.

Imprisoned Spaces @ Blue Sky Books

Pedro Lobo’s large scale color images of inmate cells at Carandiru Penitentiary in Brazil poetically tie together strings of social, political, and historical context, resulting in images that resonate as richly told short stories. Taken just prior to the prison’s demolition (site of the infamous massacre, October 02, 1992 when 111 prisoners were shot dead by Military Police), Lobo’s photos are rooted in his ongoing series on “favelas,” the slum quarters around Rio de Janeiro, reflecting human dignity and beauty in the spaces chosen or forced upon individuals.He writes, “These images reflect the responsibility with which I use my work. They are not about crime, or criminals, but about human beings who found, or placed, themselves in extremely adverse situations and decided not to give up the struggle for a dignified existence.”Lobo’s exhibit is funded in part by Mr. Jay Branson and Pan American Cultural Exchange.

Published by Chris Rauschenberg, Blue Sky Books, Blue Sky Gallery

Format: 8.25" x 10.75", 92 color pages, brochure.

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"Carandiru" - Espaços Aprisionados / Imprisoned Spaces @ Galeria 1500 Babilonia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photographed in 2002, shortly before Carandiru's demolition,
Pedro Lobo, curated by Miguel Rio Branco, is showing,
for the first time in Brazil, 13 large prints of prison cells.
@ Galeria 1500 Babilonia ( 25/july to 17/october, 2015.