Since the mid-nineties Marc Ohrem-Leclef's visual arts practice has centered on immersive portraits of communities—whether they are formed by bloodlines, social circumstance, or cultural movements. His project Olympic Favela is an ongoing photography and video project that visualizes the effects of forced removal of residents in 14 of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, implemented by the city government in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2012, in response to news reports of widespread evictions of residents from their homes and businesses through Rio's housing authority Secretaria Municipal de Habitação (SMH), Ohrem-Leclef began photographing the people affected by these evictions, as well as the residents organizing resistance to SMH’s policies.
Ohrem-Leclef’s work has been exhibited in Germany, Brazil and the United States. It has been reviewed and featured in publications such as Artnews, BBC, Slate, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Internazionale, Huffington Post. Olympic Favela, a book of photographs by Marc Ohrem-Leclef with a text by Luis Perez-Oramas (MoMA), was named "best of 2014" by AmericanPhoto Magazine. In 2013 Marc was invited as a Guest Lecturer in the Advanced Photography Seminar at Columbia University, New York.
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