No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol 1995 – 2002

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    Collaboration with Patricia Azevedo, Murilo Godoy and approximately 50 young people and women from the favela (slum) of Cascalho, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    An integral feature of Germain’s earlier projects was the inclusion of imagery from a variety of sources, including press archives, snapshots, postcards etc. ‘No Mundo…’ moves from ‘collecting images’ to actually ‘generating’ them – asking people to join in as producers. This is the precursor to the ongoing ‘No Olho da Rua’ project and the first project made in partnership with Brazilian artist Patricia Azevedo and graphic designer Murilo Godoy.

    Between 1995 and 1998 photography, painting and writing workshops took place. In 1998 images were sold to magazines and newspapers (e.g Suddeutsche Zeitung, L’Express, The Independent) to finance publication of a book. Revenue from book and print sales enabled the construction of Cascalho Library which opened in 2002.

    “Photography, stripped down to it’s essentials, is actually a simple and generous medium. The act of pressing the shutter is so easy, yet the fleeting moment that is recorded on film may provide endless fascination and be a beautiful, complex and emotive social document. The idea therefore, was to equip favela children with cheap ‘point and shoot’ cameras with flash and colour film, and to encourage them to use photography to express their feelings and explore the relationship between football and their community.” Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo, Murilo Godoy, from the introduction of ‘No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol’, Basalt publishers, 1998.

    “In the beginning there was nothing, not a stone or a tree. Dinosaurs were everywhere. There was only one little house, far in the distance; Eve and Adam’s. They made a bomb and destroyed all the dinosaurs. Then Adam and Eve made us and sent us to live here in Cascalho. Then came chickens, dogs, birds, horses, cats, pigs, rabbits, goats, rats, cockroaches and many more people...”
    From, ‘The History of Cascalho’, a collective text by the children of Cascalho, ‘No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol’, Basalt publishers, 1998.

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Painting by Alexandro Libério de Oliveira