I visited Brazil during the carnival, and was amazed by the life there was in the city of Rio. But after a walking favela tour I realised there was a different side to Brazil. We visited the Rocinha favela, the largest slum in Rio. Favelas in Brazil have long had a bad reputation for drugs and violent crime. However, I witnessed a hardworking and welcoming community. I wanted to portray a journey through the favela with a book combining my drawings and 3D pop up work. It explores deep into the favela - through the facade of colourful houses, and into the poorest part of the city, going beyond what the visitors see in photographs of colourful houses on the hill. I wanted to portray the real issues that residents face, such as lack of sanitation and education, not the gang crime glamorised in Hollywood.
My project was self directed for my Final Major Project in my second year.