September 10, 2013 | Queens College
–Visiting Brazilian Artisans are Crafting the Installation Through September 17; Will Remain on View as Part of the College’s “Year Of Brazil” Exploration–
FLUSHING, NY, September 10, 2013 —The first U.S. installation of Projecto Morrinho is now being crafted at Queens College by visiting Brazilian artisans. Morrinho, which means “little hill” in Portuguese, is a miniature recreation of favela (Brazilian shanty town)—think hundreds of dilapidated doll-houses rising in a vertical city.
Projecto Morrinho was begun by favela teens in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in 1998 as a creative escape from the realities of violence and corruption surrounding their community. Since then, it has evolved into a social and cultural force that is inspiring social awareness and dialogue internationally. The project even includes a role-playing game where participants assume the identities of residents, drug dealers, and the police. Using decorated LEGO avatars, participants act out original scenarios that address the power imbalance between residents and the government.
Projecto Morrinho is also an expressive work of art. Smaller scale replicas of the Morrinho model have been exhibited throughout Brazil and Europe, including the Urban World Forum in Barcelona (2004); Point Ephémère in Paris (2005); and the Venice Biennale (2007). In July 2009, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented a documentary film on this cultural and artistic phenomenon entitled Morrinho: God Knows Everything But is Not a Snitch.
The Queens College installation—the first appearance of Projecto Morrinho in the United States–is meant to inspire a dialogue between the artisans and students on how the project is helping to challenge the popular perception of the favelas. The artisans will be in New York until September 17. Three installations will be completed at QC. The main one can be viewed at Rosenthal Library Plaza on the Flushing campus.
This project is presented as part of the college’s Year of Brazil, a cultural, political and artistic exploration of the country.
As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College remains committed to providing a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students of all backgrounds. Once again, the school has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College offers outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs.
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