During the last couple of weeks, the argentine artist Franco Fasoli (JAZ) collaborated with Conor Harrington on a massive 130 foot-high wall at O.bra Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Curated by Instagrafite, the festival wrapped up its first edition with international and Brazilian artists such as Herbert Baglione, Interesni Kazki, Alexis Diaz, Inti, Vitché and Jan Kálab, Herakut, M-City, Speto, just to mention a few.
In order to strengthen the perception of public art in Brazil, O.bra honored the history of Sao Paulo street art, inviting the pioneers of this movement who have inspired a complete new generation of artists. For this mural, Jaz and Conor Harrington chose the subject of social confrontation, community revivals and the cultural awaking in the public sphere.
"We seek a contextual pivot, so we portrayed the Paraguayan War and the value of Latin American independence. When war first broke out between Paraguay and Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay cooperated against Paraguay and they destroyed it almost entirely. The conflict was secretly supported by England, which was interested on promoting the economy of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Paraguay was one of the richest and most advanced countries in the world. Therefore, Uruguay suffered the consequences of this war and the 90% of its male population was devastated,” Franco affirmed.
The characters are wielding the flag of Paraguay and the whipala flag —a square emblem from the Incas, which represents some indigenous peoples of the Andes in South America. —Enriqueta Arias
Images by Clarissa Pivetta, Carlo de Luca, Martha Cooper & Franco Fasoli