Andrew Johnson

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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality: Canadian
Biography: Andrew (b. 1987) is an award-winning visual journalist and storyteller based between his native Canada and adopted Brazil. His longterm work is focused on socio-environmental narratives related to the working class struggle against systemic... MORE
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Nós por Nós
Copyright Andrew Johnson 2022
Updated Feb 2022
Topics Abandonment, Activism, Capitalism, Christianity, Community, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Faith, Family, Homelessness, Hope, Human Rights, Hunger, International Stories, Latin America, Minority, Oppression, Pandemics, Personal Projects, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Poverty
Summary
While the deaths alone are an immense tragedy, the pandemic’s socio-economic ripple effects – like the virus itself – disproportionately affect the poor and working class. As the face of Brazil – with its incredible beauty, vibrant culture as well as its brutal inequality, corruption and violence – Rio de Janeiro demonstrates the hardships endured by Brazil’s urban poor and working classes as well as their resilience, resistance and sense of solidarity.
Historically abandoned by the State, Brazil’s poor and working class have seen an already precarious situation deteriorate further as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Over half a million people have had their lives cut short in little over a year – the second highest death count worldwide – thanks in large part to the deranged and remorseless rightwing government of Jair Bolsonaro and his allies.

While the deaths alone are an immense tragedy, the pandemic’s socio-economic ripple effects – like the virus itself – disproportionately affect the poor and working class. As the face of Brazil – with its incredible beauty, vibrant culture as well as its brutal inequality, corruption and violence – Rio de Janeiro demonstrates the hardships endured by Brazil’s urban poor and working classes as well as their resilience, resistance and sense of solidarity.

Through this lens it becomes clear how during a crisis and in the absence of an effective State presence, marginalized communities are forced to rely on themselves and each other in order to survive. This sentiment is expressed simply in the phrase “Nós por Nós”: Us for Our Own.

Part of a multi-year documentary project on Rio de Janeiro from post-Olympics to Bolsonaro.

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