Notting Hill Carnival

  • The Notting Hill Carnival is a traditional street festival that takes place on the streets of Notting Hill area in London. This is known as a celebration of the Black British Culture with strong Caribbean influence.  It attracts millions of participants every year during the August Bank Holiday.
Street photography by Alessandro Filizzola (Notting Hill, London, 2016-2017)
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O Cruzeiro da Matriz – ou “onde foi que amarrei a minha égua”


The church crucifix that has left from the old church located at the central square of Gameleiras / MG is now being used to tie horses. The centenar traditional church was demolished to be replaced by a new building which can be seen behind the ruins.
This image is part of the “Conhecer Para Preservar” project. During two years we visited traditional communities near by the conservation natural State park of “Caminho dos Gerais” located in one of the poorest areas in Brazil, in the north of the State of Minas Gerais. Despite the economical issues they have invaluable natural resources related to the unique confluence of three distinct biomes: Cerrado, Caatinga and Mata Atlântica. The aim of this project was, with the help of the locals and The Institute of Forests of MG – IEF, to register the beauty and the richness of that area through their people, traditions and magnificent nature. The images produced were returned to that communities as and exhibition to stimulate, evoque questioning and foment their peoples self-esteem and feeling of belonging along with the need to preserve the biomes and their local culture. The final goal of the project was to become a tool to help them to develop their economy in a sustainable way through the tourism and empowerment of the communities. The images generated by this project were adopted by the government to be used on the public schools of that area. The overall experience also became the bases of the research for my MBS dissertation in 2013.
This picture shot in February of 2013 tells and resumes the changes and conflicts on going in traditional communities where ancient values are being replaced by modern references. Where things that once were sacred are now being depleted of their meanings and losing their cultural importance, by adopting the empty symbolism of a lifestyle that comes through the mass media.


Alessandro’s photo exhibition: the capture of emotions, attitudes, lifestyle, symbols and social environment

invitation Alessandro Filizzola


Media Release

Alessandro Filizzola – Portraits: the capture of emotions, attitudes, lifestyle, symbols and social environment 

London, UK – Alessandro Filizzola Portraits: the capture of emotions, attitudes, lifestyle, symbols and social environment – is a solo exhibition and will be on view at the Favela Arts Gallery in Made Brasil Boteco starting on February 21th. Inspired by the diversity and people’s relationships with environment, lifestyles and emotions, Filizzola captures portraits with the aim of register cultural sensitivity. The photographs reveal his journeys and encounters, poetically addressed by photographic techniques. This exhibition aims to show and discuss a broad selection of his work, with a variety of themes, subjects and perceptions.

Filizzola is a Brazilian artist who focuses his work on the portraiture art. He was honoured with the Press Award UK prize as the outstanding Brazilian photographer in London in 2017. As a photographer in Brazil, he worked with the Red Cross in the Amazon Rainforest and as a cofounder in the “Know to Preserve” project where we registered the cultural and historical heritage in traditional communities as a pillar for their sustainable development. In the UK, he is exploring the opportunity to teach photography and act as a documentarist photographer on behalf of different social organizations working with refugees and youth groups from deprived backgrounds among others.

Clara Rocha – independent curator


Opening Night: Wednesday 21st February 2018 – 7 – 9:30pm

Exhibition on from 21st February to 21st March 2018 

Opened daily from 5pm –till late, Saturdays/Sundays from 12pm-till late


Made in Brasil Boteco – Favela Arts Gallery 

48 Chalk Farm road, NW1 8AJ



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Alessandro Filizzola