Celebrate the official opening of the first US installation of Projeto Morrinho. Morrinho, which means "little hill" in Portuguese, is both a role-playing game and a miniature recreation of a favela (Brazilian shanty town) which emerged in the late 1990s in the Pereira da Silva neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Reconstructed over the last three weeks in Cooperman Plaza by seven visiting Brazilian artists and a group of Queens College students, the Flushing morrinho is now "live" and ready for an immersive play experience. We will celebrate the completion of this iconoclastic artwork in the space between our library and the Science Building with special Brazilian delicacies, samba, capoeira dancing, and friends.
We are especially happy to announce this event because the Morrinho represents a novel way of re-imagining urban space as put forth in a dialogue between Queens students and young people from Rio de Janeiro. Projeto Morrinho was born when youth in a favela developed a creative escape from the often violent and exclusionary realities surrounding their community. Since then, it has evolved into a cultural force that is inspiring social awareness and dialogue internationally. The project's role-playing aspects permit participants to assume the identities of residents, drug dealers, and the police. Using decorated LEGO avatars, participants act out original scenarios that address the power imbalance between favela residents and other social actors in Brazil today.
The artists will be on hand and they are excited about meeting and exchanging ideas with all members of the Queens community.