Urban violence and its impact on the social landscape: Personal experiences from north eastern Brazil

In urban Brazil, I found a world with a different physical structure and a different emotional outlook. Uncertainty and fear of violence seem to have turned living inside out. Everyone I meet and who we interview knows the stories from the media; they become known by the first name of the victim, like Alanis, the … Continue reading

Lisbon to Brazil

I am in Brazil to work on metaphors and concepts around urban violence. I felt an ’empathy gradient’ as I travelled from Lisbon to Fortaleza in north-eastern Brazil. In Lisbon as we struggled to buy travel tickets, the man in the kiosk demanded, unsmiling, why we hadn’t told him we didn’t know how the system … Continue reading