Frente 3 de Fevereiro

Frente 3 de Fevereiro






Frente 3 de Fevereiro is a collective founded in 2004 following the murder of Flavio Sant’Ana, a young black student, by São Paulo police. Based in São Paulo, the group comprises 21 members involved in the arts, academia and other fields. The group’s artistic interventions create new forms of protest pertaining to racial issues and provoke new understandings of the fragmented information promulgated by the mass media. Frente 3 de Fevereiro connects with the artistic legacy of earlier generations who conceived of new ways to interact with urban space in light of the history of the Afro-Brazilian struggle and resistance.

In 2007, the group launched three projects under the title of Zumbi Somos Nós (We Are Zumbi). They included a documentary film, a music album and the book Zumbi Somos Nos: Cartografía del Racismo para el Joven Urbano (We Are Zumbi: Cartography of Racism for Urban Youth). The group has been involved in international actions, exhibitions and research, among them: Collective Creativity, at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany; MDE11 in Medellín, Colombia; Goethe-Institute in São Paulo and Buenos Aires, and a number of other institutions in São Paulo and Brazil.

For Talking to Action, members Daniel Lima and Felipe Teixeira Gonçalves have been the main collaborators.

Daniel Lima is a multimedia artist that explores design and space in the urban environment. Coming from a trajectory of interventions and interferences in the metropolis of São Paulo, he uses visual resources to create unexpected and potentially deconstructive situations of the urban scene. He is the director of the production company Invisíveis Produções.

Felipe Teixeira Gonçalves holds a degree in International Relations from the University of São Paulo and a Master’s degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He works as an Advisor to the Mayor of São Paulo, is a DJ, and is currently working on the documentary Emergency Exit with artist Daniel Lima.

The project produced a documentary, photographs, and recordings resulting from the research and actions of the group as they investigated the transnational traffic of the methods of militarization and social control directed against the urban poor currently taking place in Latin America. Beginning in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, Frente 3 de Fevereiro addressed the issue of the simultaneous construction of walls surrounding the slums and the creation of the Pacifying Police Units (UPP), which permanently occupy the favelas. They realized that this apparatus of occupation first appeared in Medellin and, as a result, traveled there in 2011 to further their research on Operación Orión and stage urban interventions. These explorations led them to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where Brazilian units operate as a repressive force in the post-earthquake “recovery” as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).


Field reports:

Interviews from the Archive – Frente 3 de Fevereiro