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In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio

Open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism

In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Artist Carlos Bobi descends while painting graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local business and tourism with local culture at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Artists paint graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
A street artist paints graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Artist Gil Faria paints graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Artist Lucas Squiovane paints graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Graffiti tools and a sketch sit on the street in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the âProvidencia Galleryâ project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Street artists Caze (L) and Carlos Bobi paint graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
Artist Guilherme Memi paints graffiti in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
A portrait of the Virgin Mary embracing a baby is displayed in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, during part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local business and tourism with local culture at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. This image was not part of the exhibition. (Getty Images)
In pictures: Street artists create open air graffiti gallery in Rio
An artist stands while painting in the Providencia 'favela' community, the oldest favela in Rio, as part of the 'Providencia Gallery' project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Artists created an open-air street art gallery in the 'favela' to promote local culture, business and tourism at a time when many of Rio's favelas are suffering from a wave of violence amidst a deep recession in Brazil. (Getty Images)