OcupaMinc Rio

Brazil, 2016, the Olympics are around the corner, but great swathes of the population are on the streets; both against and in favor of President Dilma Rousseff ‘s impeachment. In May, when then interim President Michel Temer immediately cut the Ministry of Culture, he catalysed a movement: OcupaMinC was a group of artists and activists who occupied Ministry of Culture buildings across Brazil as a form of political resistance.

The main objective of OcupaMinc was to bring the role of culture back to the people. In a country where art and music are such an integral part of everyday life, the aim was to celebrate the strength of ‘self-made’ culture, in the face of austerity. On paper, the movement was successful – the ministry was quickly re-instated. The occupations continued however, in protest of what many claimed was a ‘non military coup’ by Temer’s government.

In a global political environment where social and cultural pluralism is being increasingly challenged; it addresses how the arts can be used to create a more inclusive and unified society; bridging gaps across socioeconomic lines.

Gracielle Monteiro. The latest Ocupa Minc RJ building, cultural occupation - the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for 6 years.Canecao is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years. Dozens of protesters are resident here, living in tents shelters inside the building. The space has been host to a multitude of self organised cultural events, from music to discussions to yoga, and even some University lecturers holding their classes here, it is a hotbed of activity. BNegao playing at Ocupa Minc Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night 4th August.(Photo by Daniel Oxenhandler) The Ministry of Culture occupation, Rio de Janeiro,  OcupaMinc Capanema on the opening night.'Golpista' means someone who is involved in / supports a coup. Pictured is the unpopular Michel Temer, who is now President of Brazil after the impeachment of Dilma Rouseff in 2016.(Photo by Daniel Oxenhandler) Paulo and other members of the Ocupa Minc collective at the final protest of the impeachment proceedings, on the day Dilma Rossef's impeachment, Rio de Janerio city hall.OcupaMinc RJChico Buraque,  at The Ocupa Minc Canecao. known throughout Brazil, he is one of the country's most famous artists, known for his politically charged music during the military dictatorship, which along with his contemporaries such as Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil was instrumental in overthrowing the regime in the 1980s.Crowds at the opening of Ocupa Minc Canecao, the building is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years.MC Leonardo and MC Junior of Apafunk on stage, a collective from Rocinha favela, who make concious Baile funk / funk Carioca - Rio's most famous urban modern music.Larissa Schiavon, 18 is a street performer and was a core member of the OcupaMinc Rio de Janeiro, Aline outside her tent which was her residence throughout the occupation at Ocupa Minc Canecao.Paulo, a dancer and performer from Salvador, Bahia, north eastern Brazil, he was one of the core members of Ocupa Minc.Indigenous solidarity, at Ocupa Minc Canecao, the movement had a broad representation of all of Brazil's different cultural identities.Women's Rights / Feminism, Rio de Janeiro. Thousands of women, joined by some men, marched in central Rio de Janeiro alongside other cities in Brazil, to demand more respect for women and recognition.
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