ARMA Alliance at the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Arts

Together with the Goethe-Institut Finland, I represented the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA) at the opening of the 2018, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Arts in the first weekend of June.

As a researcher, I have constantly looked for ways to develop methodologies combining arts, poetry, activism and research. For this reason, being at the Berlin Biennale was a very intense and at times emotional learning experience.

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What is the “Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance” (ARMA)?

On December 2017, Kone Foundation awarded me and my friend Monica Gathuo a grant to conduct the project we call Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA): Research and Activism Collaboration for Creative Uses of Digital Media, Pedagogy and Arts against Racism in Finland (watch us talk about ARMA here).

Since then, many people have asked about what the project is, its objectives and activities. In this text, I break down the title to answer some of these questions.

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Talk and Collectivity in Favelas to Change Academic Research

Last saturday, I participated in a meeting entitled “To whom and what for are academic research conducted in favelas?” (page in Portuguese) The event happened at a public school in Manguinhos, a favela located at the low-income North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

After having inspiring talks, I returned home with a sense of relief, satisfaction and renewed strength to keep struggling for the construction of a more inclusive academic environment and for a more diverse and more participatory social science research.

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Favela Media Activism and Its Legacy for Civic Engagement in the Olympic City of Rio de Janeiro

Favela residents, especially youth, have used online and offline media against human rights violations for a while now in Rio. Media technologies and journalism techniques have been increasingly important components of the struggles of low-income, peripheral populations.

In this article, Dr. Leonardo Custódio shares results of his doctoral research on the growth in political organizing thanks to favela media activists since Rio was announced host to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Text originally posted on Rio on Watch. See here.

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