Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design by Adriana Kertzer

In Favelization, Kertzer sets out to understand the ways in which specific producers of contemporary Brazilian culture capitalized on misappropriations of the favela (informal squatter settlements that grow along the hillsides and lowlands of many Brazilian cities) in order to brand luxury items as “Brazilian.” Published in English and Portuguese, the e-book highlights issues of design and national identity experienced by the author as daughter of a Texan mother and first-generation Brazilian father, growing up in São Paulo.

Adriana Kertzer is a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Arts & Design working on the exhibition “New Territories: Laboratories in Design, Craft and Art in Latin America.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree from Parsons The New School for Design.

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(All versions contain both English and Portuguese text)