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Photographs from Olhar de Tambor/The Drum's View Photography Exhibition
The title of this exhibition, Olhar de Tambor/The Drum’s View, reflects the mission of the Didá Educational and Cultural Organization and the perspectives on daily life in Salvador, Brazil, captured in the photography of this collection. The Didá Educational and Cultural Organization is a nonprofit organization that provides free community education and artistic programs to women and children with a focus on art forms of the African diaspora. This collection highlights scenes of creative expression, performance, and family life in Salvador, giving insight into what can be seen from the drum’s point of view. Here, the drum is used not only as a musical instrument, but also as an instrument for self-empowerment and social change. Didá is a Yoruba word that means “power of creation.”
The Didá Educational and Cultural Organization was founded in 1993 by Maestro Neguinho do Samba, born Antonio Luis Alves de Souza (1979-2009), a Brazilian musician and leader of Olodum, an internationally renowned samba reggae band. Both Neguinho and Olodum are known for their influence in shaping the musical genre of samba reggae, which blends traditional Brazilian samba with reggae and emphasizes the use of percussion. In his work with Didá Educational and Cultural Organization specifically, Neguinho helped to foster a greater sense of social representation and safety for women in Brazil, and promoted leadership development and artistic expression among the city’s youth. Banda Didá Feminina, a popular all-female percussion reggae band in Salvador, Brazil, was created by the Didá Educational and Cultural Organization under Neguinho’s leadership. Banda Didá remains active today, and continues to record with Brazilian musicians and international artists.
In 2004, photographer Sue Anderson attended a seminar in Salvador, Brazil, organized by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and sponsored by Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad. This seminar connected participants with Didá Educational and Cultural Organization in order to expose them to the culture and history of Brazil. After the conclusion of the Fulbright-Hayes program, Anderson returned to Brazil four times between 2006 and 2008. During that time she worked with Didá Educational and Cultural Association teaching photography to over 30 female students ages 8-22. Anderson’s teaching curriculum focused largely on documentary photography, using digital cameras and editing software as a tool for self-empowerment and communication. This exhibition includes photos from seven female Didá students, Bianca, age 6; Joice, age 10; Viviane, age 10; Talita, age 12; Sol, age 14; Marina, age 19; and Víviam Caroline, 30. In their photography, students captured scenes of daily life at home and in the city of Salvador, Brazil. The exhibition also contains photographs Anderson took herself. Outside of this exhibition, Anderson’s students’ work has been featured in exhibitions shown in Salvador, Brazil, and Boulder, Colorado. The 34 photographs in this collection were displayed at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Austin, Texas, as a part of the UT-Didá Project. Additionally, 16 of the 34 photographs included in this collection were also displayed in Bass Concert Hall located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The UT-Didá Project occurred March 19 – April 6, 2008, and included symposiums, workshops, and performance master classes.
Photographs in this collection are listed by photographer, when known, and arranged numerically with descriptive titles.
This collection includes all photographs featured in the Olhar de Tambor/The Drum's View Photography Exhibition and promotional materials used during the UT-Didá project.
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Cite as: Photographs from Olhar de Tambor/The Drum's View Photography Exhibition, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
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