With the support of Rumos Itaú Cultural 2017-2018, the Project was carried out from 2019 to February 2020. (The inauguration scheduled for March 19, has been postponed due to the pandemic, a new date will be informed). The project presents an unprecedented proposal that adds the initial objectives of an open-air museum to some that meet the specificities of Maré, a neighborhood with a unique historical, demographic and cultural characteristic. The Maré Open Air is an invitation to knowledge and recognition of the Maré genealogy. Five emblematic places in the neighborhood were defined for permanent art installations and Memory Stations, with panels of artistic tiles and statements from residents.


Maré Open Air has a route that passes through five points considered relevant within the 16 favelas of Maré. In these places permanent pieces of art were installed, in addition to what we call Memory Stations, that has a little of the history of the place and testimonials from the residents.

The project highlights the Maré slums from the strength and power, which are the symbol of this population. Urban space in constant renovation, the favela shows itself from inventiveness, resilience, mobilization and art. Maré Open Air was born from the desire to tell the story of the favelas from its 140,000 inhabitants, to reinforce their ways of living and to build their identities.

This initiative has been thought of for many years within Redes da Maré, and it took shape through the work of Azulejaria and the Memories and Identities Axis - NUMIM.

Based on the memories of adults, the desires of children, on different people and groups, the project was carried out through a great collaborative process, which combines history, memory and contemporary art by installations in the squares, streets and walls of the neighborhood.

Maré Open Air is demarcation, possibility of encounter, protection, body and sculpture. The five points are just the beginning ... As a territory museum, everyone makes the museum. The museum is everybody.

1. Praça do Parque União (Parque União Square)


Artist: Letícia Felix

The Maré Open Air proposal is very rich, mainly because it respects the eyes of the resident before any intervention. As a resident, I took as inspiration one of the most expressive characteristics of the square, the Northeast. The square is taken by Forró on weekends. There are many northeasterners in Maré and many people come from outside to see the shows and attractions. With that, I thought of making the facade a panel with some reference to the northeastern hinterland - an image that those who pass through will easily understand. I chose strong colors to draw attention, as it is not a stopping point but a transit point.



Artist: Arcasi

Our roots are multiple, deep, old.
They are what keep us strong, intertwined with each other, surrounded by the earth. The rooted project was borne at the meeting with women from Literacy Course offered at Women´s House of Maré, in Parque União, to share memories of power, healing and resistance based on the knowledge of plants of the territory and free production of drawings and paintings that make up the mural at Rua da Paz.

3. Praça do Valão | Nova Holanda (Valão Sq. – Nova Holanda)


Artist: Prili 

We invited children who attend Redes da Maré's library and tile workshops to draw animals that have already lived, live or could live in Maré. Turtles from the fair, dinosaurs, Teixeira's tejú, dog, shark, cockroach, octopus, spider, giraffe, ladybug, cat, crabs... From these drawings, four animals became scalable sculpture and eight others went up the mural. Carlos was responsible for making the delicate wooden shapes filled with reinforced concrete and we painted the tiles with the children to cover the animals with eyes, paws, gills and phrases and drawings of the process. Dino, Tuba, Tejú Bochecha and Joaninha, each animal with its color, in the shade or in the sun, now inhabit the square.

4. Praça do 18 + Lona da Maré [18 Sq + Cultural Canvas - Herbert Vianna Municipal Cultural Canvas]

This is my world

Artist: Gustavo Gustavo

The Cultural Canvas of Maré was the meeting place. There we cultivated the base with conversations, games, drawing workshops, snacks, and important exchanges of affection for the walk to Redes da Maré. We ran up the ramps and, in the studio, we reflected, shared doubts, wishes, learned and painted tiles. The oven burned the tile at 800ºC and now the drawing is permanent. We will stick the tiles on our streets, where we can all see. And on the canvas wall, where we connect. And in Praça do 18, where everyone meets again.

5. Parque Ecológico – Mata (Ecological Park - Jungle)

The Panel at the Jungle

Artists: Prili, Márcia Queiroz, Laura Taves and the children

The Mural da Mata (Panel at the Jungle) was born from the tile’s workshops of Redes da Maré. There were walks in the favela observing the shadows of the trees, changes in temperature and also the affective memory of the plants we have at home. “When we think about nature, we think about the Ecological Forest.“ Recently, a lot of beautiful things happened in the Forest: the Cia Marginal show - - Hoje não saio daqui - with the participation of children from the neighborhood and the ‘Travestir em Floresta’ workshop with a parade! Come visit if you want a beautiful sunset in the woods.




Laura Taves

MEMories and IDENTIties team

Tereza Onã

Angélica Ferrarez

Karla Rodrigues

Davi Figueiredo

Ernani Alcides A. da Conceição

Thaís de Jesus



Rumos Itaú Cultural 2017-2018


ARTS team

Laura Taves

Márcia Queiroz

Mariane Rodrigues

Camila Oliveira

Serge Makanzu Kiala



Keyna Eleison e Laura Taves



Paula Delecave


Carlos André Nascimento Silva


Building team

Raphael Borsari

Carlos Miranda Chagas

Claudio Miranda Chagas

Sr Manoel Pereira

Lucas Silva de Araújo



Daniele Moura

Carolina Aleixo

Douglas Lopes



To the 16 Resident´s Associations of Maré, to the interviewees, to the griots, children, youth and residents of Maré, to Wallacy Coelho and to all the team of Redes da Maré, especially the teams from the Lima Barreto Library, Maré´s Cultural Canvas and Normal Space.



Throughout 2019, from the union of the work of Azulejaria and NUMIM's teams, the project was developed through a series of complementary actions. Its launch took place in the form of an "open class" for residents with Ailton Krenak, Mãe Celina de Xangô, Keyna Eleison, Paulo Knauss and Ernesto Neto. Then, there where research activities, interviews and field classes, in addition to tile and art workshops with children, young people and adults, allied in the production of artistic interventions and memory stations, in five points of Maré.

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