Street Art

Belo Horizonte, Brazil's CURA Festival Recap

August 25, 2017

The past weeks—from July 26th to August 6th—the third biggest city of Brazil received in downtown the first edition of CURA - Urban Art Circuit. CURA is the first building painting festival in Belo Horizonte, and the third of its kind in Brazil.

The Festival aimed to transform the landscape of BH, rescuing the trajectory of urban art in the city and recognizing its current dimension and strength in the country and in the world. Featured four large format  murals, located in the blind sides of 4 buildings in the center of the city. The selection of the walls was made from a urbanist perspective: all four lateral sides will be simultaneously seen from Sapucaí street by the new and first street art viewpoint of the world, in which the Festival is helping to create.

Five national and international artists with experience painting large-scale murals (3 women and 2 men) were invited to be part of the Festival: Thiago Mazza and Priscila Amoni, from Belo Horizonte; the Acidum Project from Fortaleza, formed by the artists Tereza Dequinta and Robézio Marqs; and the Spanish artist Marina Capdevilla that is visiting Brazil for the first time.

"The Rooster and the Fox" by Thiago Mazza tells a classic fable of these two animals that are natural rivals. On receiving the invitation to paint in Cura, Thiago Mazza had the idea to portray this tale since the rooster and fox are also the mascots of the two main teams of the state of Minas Gerais. The work has a circular movement that makes reference to the yin-yang in which the opposites balance and without one another would not make sense. "Dralamaale" by Priscila Amoni she painted a woman surrounded through the power of plants. The dracena in the left hand evokes strength. Lavender and rosemary, in the right hand, calm and joy. The marantas that finally on her head represent the beauty of the female figure. This is her desire for healing of humanity and the healing of the city of Belo Horizonte. "Healers" by Acidum Project t  The “healers”, wise women, with roots in the forest and with the power to energize everything they touch. The two central characters are being healed and in an acidic and vibrant atmosphere. "A Carinhosas" by Marina Capdevila is a representation of an important political movement that has been gaining strength in recent years in Belo Horizonte: The carnival itself. It is a tradition to sing the song "Carinhoso" by Pixinguinha to the grandparents who appear at the windows, when the carnival passes by their houses.

The festival also had an extensive cultural program with discussion panels about art, parties, an art bazar, film screenings and guided tour of the murals of Belo Horizonte.

The project had the main purpose to “create as many graffiti and muralism spots as possible in Belo Horizonte, and take advantage of the geography that could create of this landscape, a new point of view,” affirmed Juliana, co-director of the festival.