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Bad Press, Good News: Rio's Favelas Speak of a New Brazil

Monday, October 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Fromm Hall 115 - Berman Room

David Linger is an artist and professor of ceramic sculpture. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Mills College.

He is the director of “Flying Under the Radar/ Voando sob o radar,” a festival of the arts set to take place in San Francisco in 2016. The ideas for this festival grew out of Mr. Linger's profound sense of connection to the people and culture of Brazil, specifically that of Rio de Janeiro, a kaleidoscopic metropolis richly endowed with original forms of art virtually unknown to Americans. As the result of a chance meeting in 1970, in London, Mr. Linger became part of a group of expatriate Brazilians forced into exile by the military regime in control at the time. In 1972, during the worst period of the oppression under Brazil’s dictatorship, he left San Francisco to live in Rio where he resided for seven years.

In 2013, Mr. Linger returned to Brazil, he was able to experience the strange normality of life inside of the Vigario Geral community. Vigario Geral is not under government control; life within its confines takes place under the scrutiny of one of the most violent drug cartels in South America.

Sponsored by MA in Urban Affairs, Urban Studies and Latin American Studies. For more information, please call Shanley Jacobs, x5681. 


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