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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
Mon 08 May 2017 12:36 PM GST