Bira Carvalho

(this page was last updated in August 2020)

Niterói, Brazil, 1970.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PIPA Prize 2020 nominee. 

I was born in Niterói, I am the fifth child of the seven. At three months, I was handed over to my aunt because my mother was unable to raise me. At the age of two, my father died, and in 1975, when I was five, my family went to live in the Nova Holanda favela, in Complexo da Maré, in Rio. My world experience is formed by the suburb of Rio and the favela. At 22, I was shot and since then I have been in a wheelchair. At 29, I took my first photography course at CEASM, with great difficulty because it was at Morro Timbau, also at Maré. In 2004, I was part of the first class at the popular photographer school and today I am the coordinator of the project Imagens do Povo.

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