“One of the five kids in the car in Rio, it could be me Or Douglas who went to Jardim Brasil It could be me Another innocent killed at night and no one saw It could be me And in none of these cases' did you feel anything, only if it were me! ”... These are phrases from the song “Estereótipo” by “MC RASHID”, which influenced me in the creation of this portrait project called “Somos Todos Alvos Aqui”. In the photos, people use handicraft tools and everyday objects. With the inclusion of the items in the hands of the photographed, a metaphor is evidenced, remembering the black people from the periphery, who were brutally killed by police officers, who say they confused the objects with a firearm. I also photographed some points of the neighborhood that I was born in, a neighborhood that as most of them has a favela, it has the same name as my neighborhood called Monte azul. © Rogério Vieira

Somos Todos Alvos Aqui (We Are All Targets Here)

Rogério Vieira

2024 — Brazil

About this series

Somos todos alvos aqui * (We are all targets here) is a crude and candid portrait project that comes with the goal of fanning the debate about police violence experienced by people from city outskirts and favelas throughout Brazil – people who, for the most part, are black-skinned.
Daily tools and accessories are used as metaphor and refer to the deaths of persons killed by police officers who mistook a tool for a firearm.
On Monday, September 17th, 2018, Rodrigo Alexandre da Silva Serrano was shot by police who allegedly mistook his umbrella for a rifle.
What color was Rodrigo’s skin?
*The title of the essay is the chorus of rap “Estereótipo”, by MC Rashid.

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Photographer: Rogério Vieira
Nationality: Brazilian
Based in: São Paulo, Brazil
Website: rogeriovieira.com
Instagram: @rogeriovieira.dng

Started his career in photography in 2007, recording the streets of São Paulo with his analog camera. In 2008, participated in the collective show celebrating Festival Dulôco’s 10th anniversary, promoted by Sesc, with performances by rap and hip-hop artists.
The following years dedicated entirely to photography, working at social and corporate events.
Admitted to Universidade Paulista (Unip) photography course in 2011, when he got in touch with new photographic concepts.
From there, his professional career went other directions, expanding the development
of authorial projects.
His main focus became the production of portraits aligned to street influences, such as the use of natural and flash artificial lighting, key components in building his photographs.
Throughout his career, received national and international awards and nominations, and his work was featured in high-profile festivals, both in Europe and Latin America.