Photo: Amancio Chiodi


On the centenary of Paulo Freire's birth, Itaú Cultural dedicates its new Occupancy to the philosopher of education

The educator, writer, and patron of Brazilian education since 2012 is honored at the 53rd exhibit of the institution's Occupancy series. The exhibit dives into Freire's life story from his birth in Recife, in 1921, to his death in São Paulo, in 1997.

His childhood, intellectual development, experience in Angicos – where he applied the literacy method recognized throughout the world –, exile, and his return to Brazil draw the continuous and coherent line of his existence presented in this exhibit.


Exhibit follows the rich life story of the thinker of educational practice and its living power

This Occupancy reveals the repercussion of Paulo Freire's ideas and tells his life, from the shade of a mango tree in the state of Pernambuco to more than 30 countries, from exile during the military regime to international notoriety


Publication attests to the relevance of the studies initiated by Freire and extended to other areas of expression

Itaú Cultural produced a publication that has guests representing areas such as health, safety, music, theater, photograph, and architecture to tell how they have related their work to the knowledge learned by Freire. Here is the editorial text.


A pioneer in Art Education, Ana Mae Barbosa narrates her experience with the educator and how she was inspired by him

Educator Ana Mae Barbosa wrote a text for Paulo Freire Occupancy whose title expresses its content – Paulo Freire: someone to be missed, an influencer, an always positive interference in my life


Four display areas reveal the life and work of one of the most studied thinkers of education in the world

An interactive map at the end of the exhibit shows all the places around the world that were impacted by Paulo Freire’s work. Before getting to this map, visitors walk through the educator's life in displays that begin with his birth and education, then his successful experience in Angicos, his forced exile for 16 years, and his return to Brazil, where he continued to dedicate to education until 1997, the year of his death. Follow the step by step here.


Photo Gallery

Below are images of Paulo Freire Occupancy for download .
For credits and captions of the exhibit photos, click below.






Conversations with intellectuals to learn more about Paulo Freire's line of thought and educational actions 

One month after the opening of the exhibit, Itaú Cultural launches the podcast series Dialogues about Paulo Freire. Educators, researchers, and social scientists, such as Moacir Gadotti and Sérgio Haddad, among others who had experiences with Freire, will help the audience learn more about him.


A series of meetings maps the different dimensions and readings of Freire's legacy

Curated by educator and researcher Gleyce Kelly Heitor, Wednesdays with Paulo Freire ("Quartas com Paulo Freire") consists of nine online meetings, which can be watched in an integrated or independent manner, with conferences and round tables on the political and pedagogical legacy of Paulo Freire

Photo: Márcio Novaes

Educational actions include experiences and virtual tours, online meetings, and live streams

The Department of Education and Relationship of Itaú Cultural, which is part of the curatorship of Paulo Freire Occupancy, organized a series of online activities that brings the audience closer to his universe in a playful and creative way.


More information about Paulo Freire

See audiovisual excerpts that are part of the exhibit and that approach Freire from different perspectives. In the first one, educators Ana Maria Araújo Freire – the widow of the philosopher –, Ângela Antunes, and educator Marcos Garotti talk about their experience living and and working with him. This video ends with a brief reflection by Freire himself.

In the second and third videos, lawyer Marcos Guerra, who worked with him when he was still a law student, talks about

his experience in the city of Angicos and the performance of the students. Then Lícia Martins, a ballet dancer who taught with Pina Bausch and is now a member of Teatro Castro Alves, talks about the German and the Brazilian methods.

The last two videos are short talks by Freire. The first one is from an interview with Edney Silvestre for the Milênio TV show, on GloboNews, in 1997. The other one was recorded for Museu da Pessoa in 1993.

Brief Profile
Student Performance and Marcos Guerra, lawyer
Experience in Angicos, with Marcos Guerra again
About Paulo Freire and Pina Bausch, by Lícia Martins
Paulo Freire on brazilian TV Globo News
(Disclosure authorized until 2026)
Statement by Paulo Freire to the Museum of the Person

From September 18th to December 5th

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