In less than two weeks, black and indigenous artists painted giant murals in the capital of Minas Gerais bringing resistance and affection through art.
From September 22 and October 4, four artists dedicated themselves to paint huge murals in the hyper-center of the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil. Close to the sky, on cranes, the artists faced the heat of the last days to bring more life to buildings up to 2 thousand square meters.
CURA – Urban Art Circuit, makes history by revealing the first indigenous name to stamp a giant building in the world with a selection of artists from different Brazilian regions and ethnic-social realities, this year. Daiara Hori, traditional name Duhigô, belongs to the Uremiri Humusiro Parameri clan of the Yepá Mahsã people, better known as Tukano. In a 1,000 square meter building in the Levy Building (downtown Belo Horizonte), the artist illustrates the culture and spirituality of her people. Colorful and vibrant, in such a delicate moment for the Brazilian Pantanal, the work brings Jungle Mother holding River Boy to remember the importance of preserving nature and the dependence relationship between water and forests.
In Daiara‘s words, “rivers are grandfathers, every grandfather was a boy and every river has a mother. And that mother is mother nature”. With this intervention, Daiara crowns a career that articulates artistic languages with communication in favor of indigenous rights, including exhibitions in different parts of the country and working as co-ordinator of Rádio Yandê, Brazil’s first indigenous web radio.
Work by Daiara Tukano – pic by Instagrafite
Also bringing this maternal look, now in the figure of the human mother, the artist Robinho Santana from Diadema (SP) takes to a mural of almost 2 thousand square meters in the Itamaraty Building, the image of a black mother and her two children, bringing a little the strength and affection of the mother figure. The work also features a phrase from “A Música da Mãe”, by rapper Djonga, a great name in the contemporary scene of Belo Horizonte. “I hope to be able to leave something positive for the city. There are 25 floors of my truth on the wall, I have never worked so hard. I have rarely seen myself so fulfilled ”, says the artist on his social network.
Work by Robinho Santana – pic by Instagrafite
The artist Lidia Viber is also among the names that sign the new walls, taking their traits, colors and experience of almost 20 years of trajectory in art to her city: Belo Horizonte. In a mural of more than 650 square meters in the Cartacho Building, the natural artist from BH mixes the strands of street art and surrealism to create a playful and questioning work, which dialogues with her trajectory as a woman in a space still dominated by men. “The challenge was contact with a new size and support, which goes beyond our comfort zone. It was challenging, but the biggest feeling is a joy and a euphoria to leave such a beautiful job for my city”, shares Lidia.
Work by Diego Mouro – pic by Instagrafite
The artist Diego Mouro, from São Bernardo (SP), took to Cura his new study theme: the black affects of everyday life with a work that addresses traditional symbols of black culture. On the 428,9m² square meters mural in the Almeida Building, which bears the image of a black man braiding the hair of another, Diego recalls the importance of care for the black population and rescues the poetry that exists in the ordinary. “The art of this building brings affection among black men in a non-sexual way”, says Diego.
Work by Diego Mouro – pic by Instagrafite
All the works are visible from Rua Sapucaí, Floresta neighborhood, consolidating the CURA viewpoint on Rua Sapucaí with 14 giant murals. Because of the pandemic, the rest of the programming takes place exclusively online.
CURA – Urban Art Circuit completes its fifth edition and, with this, there will be 18 works of art on facades and buildings, 14 in the hypercenter region of the capital of Minas Gerais and four in the Lagoinha region, thus forming the largest collection of mural art on a large scale already made by a single Brazilian festival.
CURA also presented BH with the first, and until then unique, Urban Art Viewpoint in the world. All paintings made in the hypercenter can be seen from Rua Sapucaí.