Sophie Barbasch

Sophie Barbasch

In 2016 I went to Fortaleza, Brazil to photograph the military police school. This was exactly when President Dilma Rouseff was being removed from office in what many saw as a coup. It brought to mind the fragility of democracy and the memory of dictatorship, particularly as conservatives were calling for a return to military rule. Although the military police as a whole is a separate institution from the military itself, it was closely allied with the dictatorship and in many ways continues to embody the same politics. —  Sophie Barbasch

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“The simple act of looking can be disruptive.”
— Sophie Barbasch
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I was curious to see how the students reacted to the the political tensions and to a program that prioritizes discipline and hierarchy. What struck me the most was the way they looked at each other. In an environment that is all about surveillance and optics, I observed them observing each other. —  Sophie Barbasch

 

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