Back in 2012, I wrote about the residents of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (shanty towns) who were being evicted by the Brazilian government on behalf of the organizers of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games now taking place there.
In the place of one such favela, Vila Autodromo, which was once home to more than 500 families, all that remains are “Olympic parking lot tarmac, raw dirt and 20 tiny white utilitarian cottages, built grudgingly by the city as a concession to a core of families who refused to leave even as their homes were demolished.”
But the former residents haven’t forgotten either their old working-class neighborhood or the force that was used to evict them. So, they and their supporters have erected an open-air museum, the Museu das Remoções (Museum of the Evicted). It consists of seven installations built from materials left behind after the demolitions.
Each installation pays homage to a house or building that was demolished, as well as the struggle faced by the residents of the community.
The plan is for the museum to stay open through to the end of the games.
Meanwhile, the slogan “Nem todos tem um preço” (Not everyone has a price) remains visible on some of the free-standing walls of demolished buildings.