Miguel Periera de Melo
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.
Source: Index on Censorship, 1/99