This interview investigates how the photographer Rogério Reis created his photographic installation Microwave as a response to the urban violence of the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro. It explores also how Reis decided to make this aesthetic option, how the relation between the press and the drug dealers has changed over the past years, and how civil society attempts to respond to the violence of the city. Finally, the interview examines Reis's photographs of the carnival in Rio as a different kind of aesthetic rendering of the subjective and collective inventions of the self.
Beatriz Jaguaribe; The Violence of the Real: A Conversation with Rogério Reis. Public Culture 1 May 2009; 21 (2): 229–243. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2008-027
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