Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fight for Peace & One Win Leads to Another: Coping with crime and violence, resolving conflict peacefully and promoting gender equality through sport
Photography by Alex Majoli
During his stay in Rio de Janeiro, Alex Majoli visited two organisations and programmes operating in the favelas. Fight for Peace is an international NGO whose mission is to realise the potential of young people by working with them to prevent violence in their communities. Fight for Peace uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people in communities affected by crime and violence. The organisation was founded in Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, as a direct response to youth involvement in drug-related crime and violence.
One Win Leads to Another is a community-based programme committed to building leadership skills and confidence in adolescent girls through sport, implemented in partnership between UN Women, the IOC and Always. The programme provides life-skills training to adolescent girls (leadership, gender-based violence prevention, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights) within a sports context – and creates safe spaces for girls to become more confident and empowered. https://www.olympic.org/news/-one-win-leads-to-another-a-rio-2016-social-legacy-in-the-making
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Alex Majoli (b. 1971, Italy) is a member of Magnum Photos (2001). He documents the thin line between reality and theatre, exploring the human condition and the darker elements of society. He is the recipient of the 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and was awarded an Infinity Award from the International Centre of Photography in New York in 2003. Major recent solo exhibitions include, Andante (2018) at the Museo d'Arte della città di Ravenna (MAR) and SKĒNĒ (2018) at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York and exhibitions at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2015 & 2018)
Books include Congo (Aperture, 2015) co-authored with Paolo Pellegrin, Libera Me (Trolley Books, 2010) and his first monograph Leros (Trolley Books, 2013) on the now shuttered asylum on the island of Leros, Greece. This early work and interest in psychiatric care led him to Brazil, marking the beginning of a 20-year, ongoing project called ‘Tudo Bom’.
He is currently working on a project about the fragmentation and polarisation of European identity. He is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.