Other Queens

In the brazilian 'favelas', bosses of the drug traffic use to give jewelry to their girlfriends – the 'fiéis' (the officials) as they are called – as a demonstration of power objectifying and marking them as their propriety.
The jewels, which use to have the men's initials like MC, D, MT, S, 2T and so on, are exclusively produced by jewelers who live in the shantytowns, with gold and precious stones melt and extracted from stolen jewelry.

The portraits of these women made by these men were captured by the police during an investigation process on drug traffic in Rio de Janeiro in november 2010.

The absence of the state in the favelas makes possible the rise of a kind of parallel state with an own and independent socio-political structure, but who shares the same values and consuming desires as the 'official' society.