Last Tuesday I landed in Sao Paulo. This state is the home of my heart. Even with lots of social problems it is a place that fascinates me: Gray, chaotic and cosmopolitan, this massive concrete jungle is ugly as beautiful, poor and rich at the same time. Hence, above of all, home of creative minds.
Even before enjoying the warm reception of my family and friends, I passed by at MUBE ( Brazilian Museum of Sculpture) to enjoy the second International Graffiti Fine Art Biennial.
It is obvious that the universe is conspiring for me to love and appreciate more and more street-art. This astonishing event had started one day before my arrival and showed me one of the best graffiti shows ever.
The MUBE is located in a 7.000 square meters building in the noble neighborhood of Jardim Europa with a large outdoor space that keeps a garden designed by the famous landscape architect Burle Marx .
With this natural environmental I was welcome by a 4 meters and colorful wood-cat installation, expressive mural paintings and 2 cars all graphitized. I was already very satisfied by the high level of the work.
The indoor of MUBE that hosts the biennial was erected in concrete below the street level, giving to the show a reference of modern and sophisticated underground environment.
I was more sensible visiting this show, for sure. The biennial was my first contact with brazilian creative scene after being out of Brazil for more than an year. I got over excited, it was very emotional. Each work is extremely beautiful and impressive.
The biennial of graffiti was well curated by Binho, a brazilian street-artist who started to work on the streets in 1984 and is recognized in the global street-art scene.
More than 50 national and international artists were invited to presented unpublished works.
Diversity is the theme of the biennial. The objective is to show different styles, techniques and concepts on the graffiti world.
Even considering all the works very sophisticated I need to highlight the installation by the brazilian street artist Cranio that really kept my attention.
Cranio’s famous characters are Indians using loin-cloth with the Brazilian flag. He uses to debate the relation of the indigenous community with the modern capitalist world. He also fights against the deforestation of the Amazon forest.
At the Biennial, Cranio presented an installation with Indians around their hallow with a sign in front saying: “for sale”. Apparently a critic of the sad scandal involving the plant of Belo Monte that threatened to dump the tribe Guarani Kaiowa.
Sensible, patriotic and humane.
I will be back at the biennial before returning to Paris. My goal is to absorb more about this incredible show, but also try to catch up with the artist and curator Binho for an interview for the street-art documentary that I am working with Alternative Paris.
Sao Paulo has a huge important space on the global street-art movement and I want to discover more about it.
(Check here my article about the Biennial of graffiti in Sãoo Paulo for Alternative Paris Organization with a different perspective)
If you are in Sao Paulo capital you should definitely visit the biennial. It’s for free and runs until February 17 (for more information click here).
I’m sure that you will fall in love.