Architecture - NOMINEE: Tiago Coelho
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The small city of Guaiba in the south of Brazil sits by the Guiba River, and it has 100.000
inhabitants. One particular aspect about Guaiba city is striking: a large cellulose factory, the only one in
the world situated in an urban environment. From almost anywhere in the city, you can see a giant
cement structure with its towering chimneys.
Many argue that the factory contributes to the local economy, but some residents are fighting a
better life quality in the region, in special for the reduction of the air pollution and the water pollution.
The noise pollution is another issue for the neighbors of the factory as well.
The pollution is almost invisible, and those who suffer most as a result of it are the residents in
the south of the city, the actual “neighbors” of the factory. This neighborhood is called "Joy Resort." It is
precisely in the Joy Resort neighborhood that we find the primary damage, due to the factory's
operation: the smell of sulfur and chlorine, the constant noise, toxic gasses, smoke, dust, and soot.
As a result of to its economic growth, in the last two years, the factory has expanded four times.
In the 70's, Guaiba city was known as Joy Resort because it was a happy place to be and today is merely
an industrial city.
Project developed for the World Press Photo Masterclass Latin America in collaboration with the
Pedro Meyer Foundation. 2015.
Tiago Coelho (b. Santo Antônio da Patrulha, Brazil, 1985) majored in Film (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and holds a Master’s in Photojournalism from EFTI (Madrid, Spain). He is currently teaching Photography at Unisinos University and works as a freelance documentary photographer.
In 2017, he recived Honorable Mentions at the POY LATAM (Pictures of the Year). Barcelona, 2017; at the FINI 2017 (Festival Internacional de la Imagen). Hidalgo, México, 2017 and at the Prêmio Brasil Fotografia, São Paulo, Brazil. He was nominated for the Infinity Awards. ICP – International Center of Photography. New York.
In 2016, he won the Conrado Wessel Art Foundation Prize (2nd place), Sao Paulo, Brazil; won the FINI - International Image Festival (2nd place), Hidalgo, Mexico; was selected at the Caminos Conjuntos MUFF - Photography Festival of CdF (Montevideo Center of Photography), Uruguay and was invited and participated of the artistic residence at the Verzasca Foto festival, Switzerland.
In 2015, Tiago was selected in the first World Press Photo Masterclass Latin America, México City; participated at Biennale Photoquai 05 (Musée du quai Branly), Paris, France; he was finalist at the “VI Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia″ photo award, Belém do Pará, Brazil and at the "Festival de Fotografia de Cabo Verde", Africa.
He was nominated for The Joop Swart Masterclass (2015 and 2017) and for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2013.
Tiago Coelho is the winner of the Portfolio Review at FestFotoPoa 2011, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Solo Exhibitions in Brazil, Switzerland, China, Uruguay, Argentina and Russia.
Group exhibitions in Brazil, Turkey, Russia, France, China, Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain and Portugal.
Collections: Pirelli / MASP (Sao Paulo Art Museum), Joaquim Paiva, MACRS, EFTI, Mascate,IEAVI and private collections.