Julian Germain - Patricia Azevedo - Murilo Godoy - street dwellers of Belo Horizonte
1995: Artists Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo, and Murilo Godoy decide to start a photo project working with children and youths living on the streets of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Their goal is to share what they have called “the generous art of photography” with these street children. The idea led to the birth of the project No Olho da Rua (In the Eye of the Street): the artists working with three different groups (or gangs), giving them film cameras to take pictures of their daily lives, then using the images and notebooks to develop and document conversations about their harsh living conditions. More than 20 years later, occasional meetings still take place although only a few of the original group are still involved –most having disappeared, died, been killed, or imprisoned. Their gaze, however, still exists: No Olho da Rua archive has grown into a unique collection of some 20,000 images, incorporating an extraordinary range of personal photographic histories, made by people who would otherwise have no photography in their lives at all.
A selection from the No Olho da Rua archive –complemented by a series of video portraits– is presented at the Museum Alex Mylona in Athens.
MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections