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Lara Isa Costa Ferreira


Architect and urban planner, PhD student at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Universidade de Sao Paulo (FAUUSP), Sao Paulo, Brazil


To cite this paper: FERREIRA, Lara Isa Costa – Quarto de despejo: diário de uma favelada, by Carolina Maria de Jesus. Estudo Prévio 19. Lisboa: CEACT/UAL – Centro de Estudos de Arquitetura, Cidade e Território da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, 2021, p. 56- 60. ISSN: 2182-4339 [Available at: www.estudoprevio.net]. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26619/2182- 4339/19.5

Review received on 31 May 2021 and accepted for publication on 1 July 2021.
Creative Commons, licence CC BY-4.0: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Carolina looks at me from the other side of the room. I feel the weight of expectation in the eyes of the writer portrayed by Ori Fineart. In “Quarto de despejo: diário de uma favelada” (2014), Carolina Maria de Jesus writes a journal describing her daily life in Favela do Canindé, in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the place where she lived in the 1950s. As a researcher, I aimed to reflect on the ways that people who have no right to dignified living actually live. That was how I found Carolina, as well as other people, through whose words and experiences I have understood some of my limitations regarding the referred approach. The weight of expectation comes from a process that is far from complete, but that I wish to share in this text on the work by Carolina Maria de Jesus and the search for Carolina’s space and for other Carolinas’ spaces in my own research
In fact, I have little to add to the considerations and praises already made to the author and to her book. I will use some of them to talk about Carolina Maria de Jesus and her book “Quarto de Despejo” namely, the awarded thesis by Gabriela Leandro Pereira (2019), the comic book Carolina (2016) which shows a bit of the author’s history and the exhibition at IMS – Carolina Maria de Jesus: Um Brasil para os brasileiros.