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Shifting Horizons. Urban Space and Social Difference in Contemporary Brazilian Documentary and Photography. Bulletin of Latin American Research Book Series

  • ID: 3763135
  • Book
  • July 2017
  • Region: Brazil, Latin America
  • 284 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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With large–scale urban expansion and population density a challenge for cities within Brazil and globally, how we deal with socio–economic and cultural differences is of increasing concern for those aspiring towards durable cohabitations of urban space in the twenty–first century. Shifting Horizons is an interdisciplinary investigation of the treatment of social difference in documentary and its potential to impact change. The documentary realm has historically provided a forum for the representation and interrogation of socio–economic inequalities. But nowadays the desire for change embedded in the documentary tradition of conscientização collides continually with a widespread disbelief in the power of such imagery to effect social or political change.

Shifting Horizons examines this collision through the lens of recent Brazilian works portraying traditionally “marginalised” urban spaces. The book bridges the domains of film and still photography to introduce a range of innovative and highly contemporary artists, filmmakers, and cultural commentators, exploring their engagement with concepts of segregation, integration and relationality. Ultimately asking: how can we think about transformation in social documentary practice and production today?

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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

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Alice Louisa Allen
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