The Favela Painting project was invented by the Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn, when they visited the slums around Rio de Janeiro to make a film about the culture of hip-hop in the so-called favela’s. While shooting the film, they were inspired by local creativity and wanted to change preconceived notions from the outside world through community-driven art. They’ve already done and dusted several campaigns succesfully in Vila Cruzeiro (Rio’s most notorious slum), now they’ve succeeded in getting the funds on kickstarter.com for a much bigger project.
Perhaps the best thing about the project is its community-boosting benefits, in offering training (everything from different types of paint to safety measures while working on scaffolding) and employment to local residents. Dre Urhahn, one of the Favela Painting artists, explains: “This work of art can make a colorful difference in the lives of local individuals, the community and the city of Rio. It has the potential of working as a catalyst in the processes of social renewal and change.”