Ta Ligado is a video series exploring hip-hop culture and urban art spaces for youth in Rio de Janeiro. Created in part as Master's Thesis from the University of Texas, the video series looks at how culture and the use of space are used to empower young people to build positive self-images.
Rio de Janeiro is a city with rapid urbanization and increased marginalization representing an understudied context to look at how youth respond to changes in urban conditions and public institutional support such as funding for cultural centers.
The project was filmed while the city under went increased international attention because of the 2014 World Cup and upcoming 2016 World Olympics. There was no way to get away from the politics of displacement and the erasing of what is a rich and dynamic collection of communities and cultures in such a time of massive development.
Youth organizations and hip hop events in Rio de Janeiro serve as an alternative outlet to bring awareness and talk about the social issues that are ignored and marginalized.Ta Ligado captures a vibrant and diverse culture through interviews and community events that occurred during the summer of 2014.