Morrinho, which means “little hill” in Portuguese, is a miniature recreation of favela (Brazilian shanty town)—think hundreds of dilapidated doll-houses rising in a vertical city.
Projeto Morrinho was begun by favela teens in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in 1998 as a creative escape from the realities of violence and corruption surrounding their community. Since then, it has evolved into a social and cultural force that is inspiring social awareness and dialogue internationally.
The Queens College installation—the first appearance of Projeto Morrinho in the United States–is meant to inspire a dialogue between the artisans and students on how the project is helping to challenge the popular perception of the favelas. The artisans will be in New York until Sept. 17.
Three installations will be completed at QC. The main one can be viewed at Rosenthal Library Plaza on the Flushing campus.