The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design


Download a copy of the Cooper Hewitt Museum's press release here that announced the publication of the first edition of the book.


  • "Author of the upcoming e-book on the fetishization of favelas and Brazilian culture," CoolHunting (February 11, 2014)

  • "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum releases a new E-book," Artdaily (February 23, 2014)

  • "Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design," Huffington Post (March 11, 2014)

  • "Favelization: Brazil Imagined in Film, Fashion and Design," Artmarkit (March 2014)

  • "Entrevista: Adriana Kertzer," Taxi Amarelo (March 24, 2014)

  • Alumni profile, Parsons' re:D magazine (Spring 2014)

  • Book review, Georgetown University Law Center Magazine (August 2014)


  • "Urbanism between favela and chic," Favelas @ LSE (August 7, 2014)


  • "Brasileiros fazem sucesso no exterior com design da diversidade," Folha de S. Paulo (June 13, 2014) 

  • "Favelização e a Apropriação das Favelas no Design Internacional," Rio on Watch (March 7, 2017)


  • "Los usos de la pobreza," m2 / Pagina 12 (June 14, 2014)


Course: The Urban Experience in Brazil
Birkbeck, University of London
Prof. Luciana Martins (Director, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies; Chair of Exams; Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies)
Course: Global Issues in Design
Parsons The New School For Design, New York
Prof. Michelle Jackson
Course: Uma era dourada para o design?
Universidade de Lisboa – Faculdade de Belas Artes
Prof. Frederico Duarte (Docente Responsável, Assistente Convidado) 


Objects discussed in the book were chosen by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims (Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design) to be a part of the upcoming exhibit New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America.

New York University's journal entitled "Constructions of the Exotic in Europe and North America, 18th-21st Centuries" published a review by Sarah Mallory (2015).

Royal Holloway, University of London
Queen Mary, University of London

Antonio Sanchez mentioned Favelization in a conference on March 14, 2013 in Bogotá Colombia, at the University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano. The event was called "Historia del arte: ¿cómo y para quién?" and Sanchez said Favelization was an example of new approaches in design history and material culture studies.

A mention of  Favelization  in  Casa Vogue  in connection with the publication of the article   Marfa, Texas: O deserto texano e a arte   (Brazil, April 2014).

A mention of Favelization in Casa Vogue in connection with the publication of the article Marfa, Texas: O deserto texano e a arte (Brazil, April 2014).

Speaking Engagements

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference | Philadelphia 2011 | Presented an academic paper entitled "Campana + Lacoste Super Limited Edition: A Case Study of the Favelification of Contemporary Brazilian Design."

Virginia Commonwealth University | Richmond 2013 | Taught a 3-day graduate seminar at the Graphic Design Department on digital design research and conducted a public lecture entitled "Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design."

University of Hong Kong | China 2013 | Presented my favelization research at the Young Scholars Workshop on Creativity in Cultural and Business Practices in March. 

Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo | Mexico City 2013 | Spoke about my favelization research at the design panel organized by curator Ana Elena Mallet. 

The Apartment | New York 2014 | Discussion with Stephanie Murg. 

General Assembly | New York 2014 | Invited by the Digital Marketing course teachers, Lauren Perkins and Whitney Meeks, to present on Favelization's digital marketing strategy. 

City University of New York | Queens 2014 | Invited by professor Jorge Alves to speak as part of Year of Brazil. Poster.

Parsons The New School For Design | New York 2014 | Invited by professor Michelle Jackson to speak at two Global Issues in Design lectures.

Brown University | Providence 2015 | Invited by professor Barrett Hazeltine to lecture his Eng. 9 students.


Background image by Adriana Kertzer. All rights reserved.