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Odiolândia (Hateland)

Giselle Beiguelman

Odiolândia (Hateland) is a video installation that showcases online comments from videos published on social networks about police actions carried out by the São Paulo municipal and state governments in an area of São Paulo, Brazil, known as Cracolândia (Crackland) between 21 May and 11 June 2017. The first operation took place at five in the morning and involved five hundred armed police officers who allegedly arrested the drug dealers who operate in the region. In practical terms, it resulted in the removal and dispersion of crack users and the demolition of houses. It is important to stress that the area occupied by Cracolândia also coincides with an urban renovation project. It is titled Nova Luz, a public-private redevelopment project for that neighborhood that will displace and evict the poor local population from that area.

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