Artist-researcher collaborations in co-creation: Redesigning favela tourism around graffiti

Leandro Rodigues de Souza (Tick), Christina Horvath

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This chapter explores artist-researcher collaborations in Co-Creation projects through a case study based in Tabajaras & Cabritos, a favela located in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone that underwent police pacification in 2010 but has been experiencing ongoing security issues since 2017. The study focuses on a Co-Creation initiative designed in July-August 2019 by graffiti artist Leandro Rodrigues de Souza, aka Tick, in collaboration with local residents, stakeholders and researchers from the University of Bath. After an initial assessment of the models of favela and street art tourism, the participants of this workshop used Co-Creation strategies, discussions with local residents and stakeholders and participant observation on a series of favela and street art tours and graffiti painting events in favelas to support the artist’s initiative to create an ethical, community-based and sustainable street art tour. The analysis, carried out collaboratively by the artist and one of the researchers, addresses the roles and responsibilities of artists and researchers, their power relations and mutual benefits, as well as their respective contributions to both the research and the creative outputs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCo-Creation in Theory and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Creativity in the Global North and South
Place of PublicationBristol, U. K.
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781447353966
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2020


  • graffiti
  • tourism
  • ethical
  • Co-Creation
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • favela
  • walking practice
  • street art
  • social justice
  • artist
  • researcher


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