haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
oct 08, 2013

haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro

haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
all images courtesy of the favela painting project




following their monumental artwork on favela facades beginning in 2005, dutch artists haas&hahn (jeroen koolhaas and dre urhahn) of the favela painting project have now set up a kickstarter campaign in the hopes to raise funds for their largest urban painting project to date: to plaster and paint an entire hillside favela in one of rio de janeiro’s most notorious slums. their community-driven art interventions throughout brazil not only aim to rejuvenate deprived areas of the city, but also to encourage a dialogue between members of the community and their surroundings (see designboom’s coverage of their previous landscape artworks, here.) additionally, the hire and training of local inhabitants creates employment where work opportunities are scarce, and promotes pride and self esteem to neighborhoods facing social difficulties.



painting an entire favela in rio de janeiro
video courtesy of kickstarter



for their current campaign, the team behind the favela painting project hope to canvas the exterior of every building on a hillside in vila cruzeiro, brazil. visualizations of their artwork reveal vibrant chroma that radiates through the town, transforming worn apartment exteriors into lively urban spaces. the plan includes the plaster of each construction, which will help control moisture, acoustics, temperature, and build stability. aspiring to change perception and remove stigmas, the duo says, ‘our project aims to provide an opportunity for people to transform their own neighborhood from a place seen as negative into a place that is able to communicate its creativity, beauty and innovation to the outside world through art.’



haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
a colored visualization of what the projected painting might look like



haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
the current state of vila cruzeiro, brazil



haas&hahn campaign to paint an entire favela in rio de janeiro
‘praça cantão, communidade da santa marta’, 2010, rio de janeiro, brazil
image © favela painting project

  • Not a bad idea although artists of all countrues with slums have done this many times over since who knows when. Of course within the confines of a painter/artist’s canvas.
    More power to the Dutch artists. Hope this project pushes through.

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • Patronising neo-colonialism and hideous

    PH says:
  • Amazing work! I have an art and furniture store in Phoenix, Arizona I would be interested in displaying your work for sale or purchasing it outright. Please let me know if you have an interest. Thank you

    Linda Ackerman says:
  • favelas don’t need photoshop.

    zeca franco says:
  • Thank you very much Designboom for featuring our Back to Rio project on your blog. In case one of your readers have questions about the project or Haas&Hahn we will answer them on Reddit IAmA today the 23th of October 10AM NYC / 12pm Rio / 4pm Amsterdam. We scheduled a marathon up to 10 hours to get to know our followers! http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/

    FavelaPainting says:

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