Interview part 3, August 2013, Jailson de Souza e Silva, director of the Favela Observatory, describing the suspension from everyday life during the street protests in Brazil in June, 2013.

The Authentic New “Carioca”
Interview: Jailson de Souza e Silva, director Favela Observatory

“New Cariocas”1 point to a city mobilized by two fundamental dimensions: aesthetics, as a sensitive awareness of human difference, with due recognition of the legitimacy of the right to authenticity; and ethics, that requires a daily determination to resist that any difference is transformed into inequality.”

O Novo Carioca (The New Carioca)
Jailson de Souza e Silva, Jorge Luiz Barbosa and Marcus Vinicius Faustini 2

In this video interview Favela Observatory Director Jailson de Souza e Silva speaks about the history and policies of the Observatory, a social organization of research, consulting and political action dedicated to the production of knowledge and political proposals regarding favelas (“slums”) and urban issues operating in Rio de Janeiro’s Maré favela since 2001.

Born in a favela, Jailson positions himself as an “intellectual from the periphery” and emphasizes the importance of the symbolic in the life of the city, describing the new carioca as an utopian/concrete human being that circulates, invents and assumes the responsibility to construct in the real and everyday present, recognizing the importance of the other in the constitution of his/her own autonomy and individuality.

The interview is approximately 15 minutes and is presented here in three parts:

The authentic new carioca – explores the history and policies of the Observatory and the importance of the concept of “full mobility” within the city, from the physical to the symbolic, for everyone.

Bela Maré – explores the history and context of the cultural center Bela Maré inaugurated by the Observatory in the Maré favela in 2007 and the visual arts exhibitions Travessias (Crossings) presented there in 2011 and 2013.

Street protests – searching for new democratic paradigms in June 2013 Brazilian people took to the streets, marking a strong symbolic shift in the perception of each individual’s power and role in political participation.

For more information on the Favela Observatory: and their social photography organization Imagens do Povo (Images of the People):

1 Carioca is the nickname for someone from Rio de Janeiro.
2Barbosa, Jorge Luiz, Faustini, Marcus Vinicius and De Souza e Silva, Jailson. O Novo Carioca. Rio de Janeiro: Mórula Editorial, 2012, p. 16