Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Entrance to a little favela, Ratones

Entrance to a little favela, Ratones, oil on card, 15 x 18 cm


Dogs, adolescents and rubbish: both the adolescents and the dogs roam about this little area, the adolescents smoking cigarettes and looking at each other or at the dogs and then occasionally conversing. The dogs do a lot of sniffing.  Both the adolescents and the dogs are are quite friendly. 

The male adolescents have some bizarre vanities: they smell very strongly of a particularly nasty aftershave (or is it insect repellant?) and one has managed to bleach his hair so it appears that someone has glued a sponge to the top of his head. Both the adolescents and the dogs roam around this little area.

I am not sure if, technically, this is a favela. But then, the definitions vary widely to encompass both from social to architectural criteria.

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