Boa Mistura's anamorphic text inspires the people of the Sao Paulo favelas.
Article by Tennae for FatCap Team
Like a spider's web, vecos and vielas are the winding streets that connect to form a collective living environment for the people inhabiting the favelas, or slums of places like Sao Paulo, Brazil. These streets are uniformly decrepit, but individualized by the faces that frequent them. At the same time, any urban place could seem this way to a new comer.
Last winter, a group of five artists, Arkoh, Derko, Pahg, Purone and Rdick, working under the name Boa Mistura, were the new comers in the Sao Paulo favelas. The collective views their artistic practice as a singular guise, or work produced by “one heart”. This heart's primary mode of artistic expression is through graffiti that intervenes on an international level. This time last year, they used graffiti to “Write on Africa” in Cape Town, South Africa.
Similar to the Cape Town project, Boa Mistura went after Sao Paulo with bright paint and the assistance of the local population. They call it an “interception” when they overtake a place and scenario and transform it into public art.
Before this can be done, however, the group chooses to immerse themselves into the culture; in an attempt to understand its atmosphere. By doing this, they aim to create a more site-specific dialog with the place that they are commandeering.
This time, they chose to paint anamorphic words throughout the favelas. It is only through a face frontal perspective that the typography materializes. Across; walls, drainpipes, and doors, the words; beleza, amor, doçura, firmeza and orgulho (beauty, love, sweetness, firmness and pride) were painted in white text.
Graffiti shapes and interrupts an environment. In the case of Boa Mistura's text, it can promote change and inspire. The words were painted after direct observation and participation. Now the vecos and vielas are connected by not only the community but through words of unity as well.