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The photographer Hugo Denizart presents a small collection at MAM showing the results of his most recent photographic findings whilst trawling the warehouses of Rio Port. There he uncovered discarded dummies from a samba school's parade float and through his photos and some Photoshop manipulation, reinvented these redundant figures into something altogether more refined and haunting.
There are 38 sets of photographs, each one a unique tapestry of duplicated images slightly repositioned in each instance to create a mismatched, kaleidoscopic effect. The repetition gives the exhibition a sense of the anonymity of genocide tying in with the theme of muda violencia (silent violence) in the exhibition's title. Clever angles and lighting renders many of the panels ambiguous, with crude barbed wire piercing the contorted expressions of some dummies while others bear manifestations of disability and weakness. As such, an overriding theme is the emotional anguish and pain that jumps out from the photos in the personified suffering of the figures. One can't help but draw parallels, therefore, with real historical precedents of the holocaust that the Viradouro samba school was banned from portraying in 2008.