PPP was engaged in the consultancy for The Horniman Museum and Gardens Brazil season, a festival celebrating the richness of Brazilian culture on a series of unique events and exhibitions from June to September 2016. The estimated audience of the season was 32.000 people.
Besides providing curatorial support and consultancy to the overall programme, PPP organised four specific commissions and residencies for the Festival:
- Favela: joy and pain in the city (23 April to 18 September 2016): A free exhibition of unique photographs showing the realities of favela life in Rio de Janeiro by three young photographer from Rio’s largest favela, Maré. Bira Carvalho, Elisângela Leite and AF Rodrigues show us their vision of Rio de Janeiro in this series of evocative photographs. Their photography captures the complexities of life in urban Brazil: the joy of children playing football and skateboarding, the presence of the armed forces, and carnival performers amidst the vistas and skylines of Rio, the Cidade Maravilhosa. Each of the photographers has earned their reputation amongst contemporary Brazilian photographers through the exceptional quality of their work and the unique vision they bring of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Their work is presented by the Observatory of the Favelas based in Maré.
- Project Morrinho (3 July to 04 September 2016): Morrinho is a social and cultural project from the Laranjeiras neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, where local youths built intricate models of the favelas they grew up in. As part of our Brazil season, artists Raniere Dias and Cirlan Souza de Oliveira created a model favela in the Horniman Gardens in partnership with the following groups: Barry House, Carshalton College, Horniman Youth Panel, Day Services at PLUS and Rewrite Creative ESOL.
- Artistic Residency – Robson Rozza and Saulo Eduardo: the artists and performers have created a new performance piece about gender related issues entitled Between X & Y, which was presented at the Queer Late in May. They have also developed a carnival installation as part of a collaborative project with artists Charles Beauchamp and Julieta Rubio from Mandinga Arts. The installation, a representation of both heaven and hell, depicts a angelic white figure contrasted by the rise of a red wing, revealing a strange and tainted side to every great being.
- Brazilian Street Art – Derlon Almeida: Derlon was invited alongside other three of Brazil’s most exciting street artists to take over areas of Forest Hill, from the station piano to the Horniman Gardens. This programme has been organised in partnership with Braziliarty and the Forest Hill Assembly.