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Shifting Horizons: Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography

Shifting Horizons: Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography

Alice Louisa Allen

ISBN: 978-1-119-32855-1

Aug 2017, Wiley-Blackwell

284 pages

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Drawing on the challenges of urban expansion and increasing population density facing contemporary Brazil, Shifting Horizons is an interdisciplinary investigation of the treatment of social difference in documentary film and photography and its potential to effect social and political change.

  • Explores the Brazilian documentary tradition of conscientização, alongside new movements such as inclusão visual, introducing the voices of a range of innovative and highly contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural commentators
  • Discusses traditionally marginalized urban spaces using the concepts of inequality, segregation, integration, and relationality
  • Bridges the domains of film and photography and brings greater awareness to Brazilian cultural output
  • Highlights new ways in which today’s social documentary practice and production can inspire social and cultural transformation, in Brazil and around the world

Documentary Film, Conscientização and ‘Socially Concerned’ Production
Cinema Novo and the ‘Socially Concerned’ Precedent
Back to the Future
Thinking about Documentary
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
Photography as a Vehicle for Social Change
A Common Dynamic
Drawing Boundaries
CHAPTER 1–Wasteland
Modernism,Waste Materials and an Aesthetic of the Fragment
Jardim Gramacho’
Contemplating your Rubbish’s Home away from Home
(In)visible Labour
Nature and the Apocalyptic Landscape
Dynamic Marginality
The Body as a Battleground
Lixo extraordinário
Establishing Perspective and Identification
Fertile Images: a Productive Revelation
CHAPTER 2–The Human Warehouse
The Prison in Cultural Production
O prisioneiro da grade de ferro: auto-retratos
Exercising Control
Inside Out/Outside In: Perspective and Connectivity
Inverting Myths
‘Imprisoned Spaces’
Access, Territory and Control
Visible Absence/Invisible Presence
Interchangeable Bodies: Authenticity and Performance
Carceral Cycles: Caught in the Motions
CHAPTER 3–Zones of Contestation
Avenida Brasília Formosa
Where Bodies Meet Machines
Mapping the Neighbourhood
São Paulo: Occupying the Centre
‘O muro’
CHAPTER 4–Shifting Perspectives on/from the Morro
‘Rio–Entre morros’
Inapprehensible Landscapes
An Anti-cartography: or Where Am I?
Babilônia 2000
Imagens do Povo
Upside Down Inside Out, or ‘Stretching Limits’
Resisting the Gaze
Horizons Old and New
Filmography Online Photography Collections