Re-inventing the Neighbourhood: Favela Painting
Communities facing social difficulties are creating monumental works of art!
In 2005 Dutch artists Haas & Hahn started to develop an idea: initiating the painting of enormous murals in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project involves the local youth who are trained, instructed and paid. They are offered an alternative to a life of crime and drugs.
The next Favela Painting project involves employing the inhabitants of a favela to paint their own houses according to a pre-arranged pattern. It will turn their community into an artwork of epic scale and will produce an explosion of color, joyfully radiating into the world.
The Favela project has attracted intense media interest in Brazil as well as abroad.