Art and design collective Boa Mistura went back to the Favela of Vila Brâsilandia in North São Paulo, to continue the ongoing project “Luz Nas Vielas”, started in 2012. Brâsilandia was the place were the street artist learnt that urban art can connect people and empower neighborhoods.
The project, strategically scattered in different alleys of the favela, known as “becos” and “vielas”, has been now updated with two more works. The concept was to synthesize the essence of Brâsilandia, simplifying the spatial complexity with colour, and using anamorphosis to generate one big canvas. The words depicted portray the true daily life of the neighborhood. The process was collaborative, and took over walls and floor, creating new bonds between people.
Poesía and Magica, purple and green, highlight the beauty of the irregular constructions, the magic of the spontaneous urban growth, the intensity of the relationships between neighbors, and the smile of the kids playing up and down the stairs.
This project aims to be a colorful shout in the middle of a brick ocean, in which life is on the edge. Usually municipal authorities turn the back on the outskirts, which we often get to know because of the infamy from the media. “We as urban artists have to reverse that process of negativity, because the favela does not have to be synonym with violence, because life in this place is more intense and real, because there is no purest and most sincere poetry, than the one that comes from the favela” explain artists.
all images courtesy of Boa Mistura | video courtesy of Catálogodiseño