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Brazil’s five election surprises

Sunday was full of surprises, and most of them dispiriting for the groups that thought they’d made gains during last year’s protests. Here’s the five biggest. By Mauricio Savarese 1 – Marina Silva out of the run-off From presidential front-runner to the falling star of Brazil’s politics. The former environment minister was a bad player from(…)

Before and after the World Cup

The very fun World Cup confounded expectations while exposing some deep truths. Was it all worth it?  Above, dismantling the extra seats at São Paulo’s Itaquerão Stadium. James Young Belo Horizonte It is January. The foreign journalist sits at his desk in London (or New York or Berlin) and thinks about the World Cup. The(…)

Brazil does not have apartheid, exactly

“Apartheid” is too strong a word to describe Brazil’s serious class and race problems, says Mauricio Savarese. But it comes closer to describing the truth than the often-repeated claim that Brazil is a country without racism. Here, it’s not the state which is prejudiced. Above, youth at a planned ‘rolezinho’ in Rio de Janeiro. By(…)

Reclaim the streets

In São Paulo, taking to the streets involves far more than protests, riots and demonstrations. It’s also about taking back space from the concrete jungle for parties, festivals, public parks and shopping-mall meetups – ‘rolezinhos.’ The poster in the photo above by Claire Rigby reads “More love, please.”  By Claire Rigby 2013 may be remembered(…)

What does Brazil look like?

Claire Rigby discusses, with Folha arts writer Silas Martí, the difficulty of cutting through visual stereotypes in Brazil, a country which is often too photogenic for its own good. Above, ‘Descansando na Canoa’ (1984) by Luiz Braga, courtesy Galeria da Gávea. Throughout the post and below, other selections from the SP-Arte/Foto fair. By Claire Rigby What do you(…)

Brazil 2013 – a political Big Bang

Things that seemed impossible less than a month ago are now happening every day here in Brazil. In a political Big Bang of swirling movements, causes and new protagonists, a new Brazilian universe is taking shape. Above, protestors in front of Congress, Brasília. By Claire Rigby Thousands of column inches have already been written on(…)