The term favela is most often associated with the plight of the impoverished urban areas of Brazil. With a census-estimated 11.4 million Brazilians still living in such shanty towns, the over-populated slums reside along the edges of main cities. Spanish artist Dionisio González has reimagined traditional Brazilian favelas in a surrealist photo series.
In what appears to be a collection of immaculate images of dense urban dwellings, González’s favelas series is actually a photo mash-up of contemporary urban spaces. Creating a collage of images, shantytowns come to life through a heavy incorporation of glass, angles, and modern facades. The series features both large and small panoramic images of the different favelas, each ranging from meager to surreal in terms of construction and structure.