Bate Bola - Rio's secret Carnival
Photographs © Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares
Bate Bola, Rio's suburban futuristic clowns erupt during carnival.
When the focus of the carnival is set on the glamorous Sambodrome and its tightly rythmed samba parades, curious creatures overflow the overlooked suburban streets of Rio, rekindling life in these forlone areas. The phenomenon set in motion dazes the eye. It truly follows the tradition of street-art: vivacious, inventive, ever evolving. It is here that lies Rio's carnival's real originality. Yet this favela-born expression continues unacknowledged by the Brazilian media and high society. (...)
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