Jonathan Darby – Favela

Earlier this year Jonathan Darby invited me along to his studio to see how preparation was going for his solo show ‘Favela’ at Signal Gallery. Paintings, at all different stages of creation, filled the studio.  Each featured a young child with a story to tell. These are the faces of the street children of the Favelas.

More photos & details….

Outside the studio was a pile of salvaged materials in readiness to transform the gallery space & engross the viewer with the sights & sounds of the world these children live in.


Excerpt from Signals website

The Favelas have been abandoned by national and local government and have been taken over by drug dealers and their gangs. A culture of lawlessness and violence exists unchecked, creating a level of poverty that gives Brazil the dubious accolade of nurturing the biggest gap between rich and poor in the world.

Some of the most vulnerable victims of this sorry state of affairs are the countless number of street children orphaned or abandoned by their parents.  Jonathan’s show focuses on them and their plight. The show will be supported by the charity CARF (Children At Risk Foundation) that was founded by Englishman Gregory J Smith. Giving up a lucrative business career Smith set up and ran a home for street children called The Hummingford Project in Sao Paolo. Also a passionate photographer he has brilliantly documented this entire experience. Many of Jonathan’s works for the show will use these photographs as source material, creating a direct link to the abandoned children of the favelas. Some of the proceeds of the show will donated to CARF.


Jonathan Darby – Favela
Signal Gallery
11th March – 2nd April 2011
Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
32 Paul Street,
More show & studio photos here

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