Miguel Periera de Melo

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Date: 1998

Region: South America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Print Journalism, Photography


Artist: Miguel Periera de Melo

Confronting Bodies: Brazilian law enforcement

Dates of Action: November 1998

Location: Para, Brazil

Description of Artwork: Photographs of bodies piled onto trucks after a police massacre in 1996.

The Incident: Melo was gunned down, and later died, in anticipation of his testimony at a trial involving 159 police officers accused in the massacre of landless farmworkers in Eldorado de Carajas in 1996. Melo's photographs attracted worldwide attention.

Results of Incident: Melo died in the hospital the day after he was attacked.

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