In OLYMPIC FAVELA Marc Ohrem-Leclef portrays the people affected by forced evictions in Rio de Janeiros’ favelas ahead of the World Cup (2014) and 2016 Olympic Games.
OLYMPIC FAVELA is composed of two bodies of work: A series of portraits of residents in 13 of Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished communities who are facing evictions from their homes and a series of performative images where he directed the favela residents to pose holding emergency flares, creating a visual representation of their struggle and resistance while using a gesture that is also universally associated with liberation, independence and celebration.
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Marc Ohrem-Leclef was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, 1971. Since the mid-nineties he has pursued work that focuses on portraits of communities, whether they are formed by blood-lines, social circumstance or cultural movement. Ohrem-Leclef’s work has been exhibited in Germany and the U.S., and has been published in numerous international publications.
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He is represented by Doug Truppe.