One of the first ARTHELPS projects was dedicated to dirupting the unhealthy rythms of everyday life in the slums of Brazil where drugs, violence, poverty and unemployment often determine a child’s course. Thomas Lupo, co-founder and manager of the non-profit organization ARTHELPS, dove into this world with a goal of creating an artistic representation of slum-life from the perspective of the children who live there.
In daily workshops, Lupo offered basic artistic instructions through which the 8 -15 year-old children were able to transform their everyday lives into picture. Initially hesitant at the beginning, the children gained confidence and finally created haunting and authentic lifelike illustrations and photos.
The book PRA FORA / OUTWARD is the final documentation of the childrens‘ works. Sensitively and yet powerfully designed, it gives profound insights into the lives and feelings of the children.
The book has won several design awards as well as the German gold photo award (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis Gold). It was released through the renowned design publishing company HERMANN SCHMIDT MAINZ.
The proceeds of this book will benefit the children and adolescents in the slum of Morro do Pagaio in Brazil. The money will flow into the state education project Fica Vivo (portuguese for "Stay alive"). The goal is to enable the 12 - 24 year-old students a life without crime and drug trafficking by providing vocational training.
Instructions to break out
248 pages with over 1000 color illustrations proving that creativity can change the world.
Format 24 x 32 cm
Softcover with an 8-paged Envelope, screen printed packaging material with four colored sticker and stencil templates.
Here you can get the book online.
Favele Morro do Papagaio
in Belo Horizonte/Brazil
German Gold Photo Award
Red Dot Design Award
DDC Design Award (Gold)
ADC Design Award
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
In Switzerland „I Am“ gave eight young men in the prison system the opportunity to get to know a variety of creative techniques and the courage to find themselves.
The central question of the project, „Who am I, and what is inside of me?“ was meant to help the young men discover their artistic potential and express their response in a creative way.
In November of 2011, the works of the participants were exhibited in Chur, Switzerland, for a two- week art show. At the art opening, the young men were given the chance to proudly present their own art work. The project demonstrated in an impressive way, how truly helpful ARTHELPS is and the power potential art has for releasing capability for change.
The young incarcerated men, who stand on the edge of our society, found a way into the public eye through their own art, and found themselves the center of attention in a positive way. Unforgettable in our minds are the beaming faces of the „tough guys“. They, on the other hand, will most likely never forget the appreciation they experienced and the admiration of their very own skills which they received.
Through „I AM“, these young men asked themselves the question of identity. Every one of them formed a unique answer, but one central thing they will all take on their journey with them: a renewed confidence for the future.
Tanja von Känel (ARTHELPS)
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
„Insight“ enabled a new (and for some, perhaps the first) access to individual creative potential, thus helping the youth to discover their own inherent „somethings“ worthy of a platform.
For project „Insight“, we built pinhole cameras together with children and young people in Afghanistan. The cameras they built accompanied them into their daily lives. The resulting images impressively and playfully display the unfiltered world they inhabit. Besides photography, the opportunity to draw resulted in bold, honest images giving insight into how the young artists perceive their environment and what kind of desires and dreams they hold.
But not only that. The work of the project offered the viewers a completely new and rare view of the country in xxx. Because they are honest and true. They are neither influenced nor embossed by western nor local media and therefore don´t pursue political goals. They are the voice of the children and youth – nothing more and nothing less.
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
2011 we support and assist a short project in Africa with children from the slums of Melkbos beach on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Bertie, a young surf instructor, drives to Cape Town once a week in order to spend time with the kids of Melkbos Beach. Through various games, or simply by listening, he tries to help the kids, to give them security and sovereignty. Only a few of the children attend a public school, and many come from an unstable family background.
Together with Bertie´s help, we were able to get to know the kids who allowed us a window into their lives. Armed with disposable camers and given opportunity through workshops with paper, paint and other materials, the Melkbos kids‘ lives, wishes and dreams emerged on paper. It´s amazing and really inspiring, what kind of energy and joy lies in the children of Melkbos Beach despite their difficult living conditions. The images speak for themselves.
Melkbos Beach Kapstadt / South Africa
Julia Werner (ARTHELPS)