Artist lecture by Pedro Lobo of Favelas: Architecture of Survival

Image by Pedro Lobo

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents 'Favelas: Architecture of Survival', a solo exhibition by photographer Pedro Lobo at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

The public is invited to an artist lecture on Saturday, October 23rd at 2 p.m.

Pedro Lobo is a Brazilian-born photographer who began documenting the long-lived favelas, or shantytowns, around Rio de Janeiro.  His photographic landscapes hint at organized chaos as homes scale the hills behind tourist, official Rio.  Lobo’s photographs capture the hardening of these urban spaces as people put down roots and community develops.  These beautifully composed images do not shy away from the sprawl, or the hardships of the favelas, yet they are filled with optimism necessary for life in these marginalized urban neighborhoods.  Favelas: Architecture of Survival has been previously exhibited in Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany and Portugal, however the exhibit at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park will be the first time this work has gone on display in the U.S.  It will include more than 40 large format prints.  Favelas: Architecture of Survival is sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the Art Institute of Charleston, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Lobo is an international artist in residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for the month of October.

Favelas: Architecture of Survival photographs by Pedro Lobo will exhibit from October 21st to November 23rd at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street. The opening reception is Thursday, October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Lobo’s artist lecture will take place Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at the City Gallery.

If you can't make it to the opening, but still want to catch a glimpse of Lobo's work the gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call the City Gallery at (843) 958-6484.