Bira Carvalho

(this page was last updated in November 2021)

Niterói, Brazil, 1970.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2021.

PIPA Prize 2020 nominee. 

I was born in Niterói, I am the fifth child of seven. When I was three months old, 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 in Maré. In 2004, I was part of the first group of students of the popular photographer school and today I am the coordinator of the project Imagens do Povo.

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