Photo: Kitty Paranaguá

The show features photographs produced over a year and a half in communities in Rio de Janeiro

Visitation until January 24th, 2021

The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, together with Janaina Torres Galeria, presents the exhibition ‘Campos de Altitude’, by Rio de Janeiro photographer Kitty Paranaguá. The Museum’s public will be able to check until January 24th, 2021, a special feature on how to live in the hills of Rio.

Inspired by the work ‘Câmara Escura’, by Abelardo Morell, the photographer decided to contrast the view of Rio de Janeiro’s hill dwellers with their daily experiences. In what way? Photographing the exterior from the observation points of 13 houses and projecting the image of this external field over its residents.

The result was the discovery that lives are intertwined, the community is an extension of housing and the boundary between public and private is blurred. There is a tension preventing residents from enjoying these landscapes, which is accessible to the senses, but, often, it only reveals itself in the form of deprivation. It is as if, metaphorically, the light of the landscape that invades their houses overshadows them in an imposing way.

For Giancarlo Latorraca, architect and technical director of the MCB, the records made by Kitty encourage visitors to reflect on the absence of public housing policies, which excluded a large part of the population from the formal city. “Here we have documented addresses outside the ‘asphalt’, relegated to the occupation of exclusive and at the same time privileged territories. A striking portrait of this Brazilian dwelling, some of its inhabitants the majestic landscape of Rio de Janeiro ”, comments Latorraca.

The projections on the houses and the bodies that inhabit them, together with the testimonies collected in audio, reveal a section of the city. The MCB exhibition features 15 photographs produced in the Pavão Pavãozinho, Tavares Bastos, Chapéu Mangueira, Cantagalo, Vidigal and Rocinha communities.

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Kitty Paranaguá
Kitty Paranaguá was born, lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. As a result of the relationship with the people, places and objects he photographs, his works portray aspects and geographical spaces from the connection he establishes with passions, beliefs, moods and memories, culminating in a production full of poetry. With a career established more than 20 years ago, she started her career as a photo reporter for Jornal do Brasil. With the essay Campos de Altitude, the photographer was one of the highlights of the 10th edition of FotoRio 2017, and was elected representative of the Rio event at the Beijing International Photography Festival. Photos from his Copacabana essay are part of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) collection. In 2019, she was one of the winners of the Prix Photo Aliança Francesa 2019.

About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, has been dedicated, for 50 years, to the preservation and diffusion of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specialized in architecture and design . The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on topics such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economics creativity, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the Design MCB Award stands out, the main segment award in the country held since 1986; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve memory about the rich diversity of living in the country.

In October 2020, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm
From November, Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
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