Cristianne Rodrigues
Curator
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1968: Paris, Rio

23 March 2019

Bruno Barbey, Pedro de Moraes

In 1968, Bruno Barbey and Pedro de Moraes, then young photographers, took to the streets to capture the fury of demonstrations that acquired an air of civil war. That year, a global upheaval placed students and workers in the center of the scene in the struggle for freedom and rights. But Bruno and Pedro acted in very different contexts: on the one hand there was an old republic, with a democracy solidly conquered over the centuries and that saw the insurgency of youth as a response to a conservative tradition; on the other, a country in the middle of a military dictatorship, installed four years earlier in a fragile republican nation of the then called Third World, where students fought a war against the regime, its anti-democratic and violent policies, on the eve of the most dramatic period of repression.

If the differences between Paris and Rio in 1968 were already known, the similarities between the struggles are revealed in this book from the dialogue between the two photographers. The images, placed side by side 50 years later, highlight the protagonism of youth, bringing together student leaders Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Vladimir Palmeira; bringing the battlefields of the Quartier Latin and Cinelândia closer; making the tear gas released by the police cross the boulevard Saint-Germain and the avenue Rio Branco, and that the barricades erected by the students move from the boulevard Saint-Michel to Presidente Vargas Avenue.

The edition, organized by Ana Cecilia Impellizieri Martins and Cristianne Rodrigues, also includes testimonials by Bruno and Pedro, and text by journalist and historian Paulo Paranaguá, a sociology student in Nanterre, in 1968, which contextualizes the events that made 1968 a historical and transforming year.

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