Ohrem-Leclef’s work on Olympic Favela evolved in response to these protests. He approached residents with an idea: to photograph them holding a flare high above their heads, in a symbol of strength recognizable from the iconography of the Arab Spring to the Olympic Games themselves. The people in the favelas agreed immediately, Ohrem-Leclef says. “They felt that they were being shown in a moment of representation, not victimization,” he adds.
The photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef documents the effects of forced evictions in the favelas.