Felipe Schmidt Fonseca


Felipe will discuss his contributions to the creation of the Brazilian Repair Declaration and how his work on the project relates to his research and practice on material waste and reuse.


Felipe Schmidt Fonseca is a Brazilian activist and free/open advocate turned researcher living in Berlin, Germany, whose work currently focuses on waste prevention and smart cities. An advisor on the TALES OF CARE & REPAIR project, Felipe worked with the programme co-lead Fred Paulino (Gambiologia) to support the Brazilian arm of the programme.

TALES OF CARE & REPAIR was a year long project (Feb 2021-Feb 2022) in which stories of everyday care and repair were gathered. The project took that form of online people collection of tagged photographs that were uploaded to the TALES OF CARE & REPAIR website. Images consisted of objects that people had took off ‘things’ they have repaired. This archive created a living snap shot of DIY and professional repair practices that also documented cultures of repair with a focus on repair economies and activism in Bristol (UK), India (New Delhi) and Brazil (Belo Horizonte). Accompanying the archive between Feb 2021-Feb 2022 a programme of events brought further attention to the notion of repair cultures and our ‘Right to Repair’, with a number of workshops focusing on the co-creation of local Repair Declarations with various communities.

Led by Repair Acts (School of Art and Design and Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol), in partnership with the environmental NGO Toxics Link (New Delhi) and Gambiologia (Brazil), TALES OF CARE & REPAIR was supported by the British Council’s Creative Commissions programme.

Date of publication

Sat 9 Apr 2022

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