In the world of YGSF we’re not just about street style and fashion week (month), we also love discovering new countries and getting inspired by street artists all over the world. This week it’s all about Boa Mistura, Madrid-based graffiti artists who travel the globe splashing colours over and inspiring various cities!
(Kenya: “Sisi Ni Mashujaa”- We Are Heroes)
We were lucky enough to be able to (cyber) chat to them about their inspiring projects as well as their love of ping pong! Here’s what they had to say:
Most difficult project?
Antofagasta (Chile) has been very ambitious and complex, with many agents working together, it has taken over a year to prepare but the result has been very satisfying!
Whose the best at ping pong?
Come an play a match with us and you’ll find out (I think they were cyber flirting with us.)
(Mexico: “Las Americas” )
Ideal city to work in?
Any city, they all have their story and beauty.
What street artists do you admire the most?
As fas as urban art there’s an outstanding level, the movement is now very developed but to mention some spanish ones: Aryz Spy, Escif, Pejac,..
If you could sit down at a dinner table with 5 people alive or dead in the art industry, who would they be?
Aiweiwei, Pollok Basquiat, Olafur Eliason, JR.
(South Africa, Cape Town: “Pelea Tu Sueno”-Fight For Your Dreams)
If you had to paint with one colour for the rest of your life what would it be?
Black (which is ironic seeing as all their projects are so colourful!)
(Madrid: “San Crisis In Colours”)
Where is your favourite place in the world?
What was the inspiration behind your project, “Luz Nas Velas” (light in the alleyway) in Brasil?
Our creative process is slow. We need to live, perceive, smell, touch the place, in order to understand and be able to do a personalized project, unique. We moved in with the family in Dimas (which today is our family), and we could experience the day-to-day Brasilandia. We soon discovered that the vielas and becos were the essence of life in the favela. And so we intervened there. They are places of passage of the residents, access to houses, connection of parts and others, and it seemed important to work there, with the inhabitants. Change the veil with them hand in hand. Sharing.
What positive impact did it have on the people involved?
The community reaction was amazing. We were welcomed as if we were locals from the beginning. And they spontaneously began to work with us. That has been the key factor, their involvement. Without their help nothing would have made sense.
What was the main goal you wanted to achieve with the project?
Our goals were the words of strength, inspiring for everyone who passes by on a daily basis. For us they represent what we felt there. BELEZA/BEAUTY of what surrounds us; FIRMEZA/FIRMLY to achieve a goal; ORGULHO/PRIDE for having achieved it; AMOR/LOVE between us and the DOÇURA/SWEETNESS of each person we have ever known.
What made you want to get the children involved?
We have brought back much more than what we have left. Brasilandia is a place where the children smile as they fly their kites. In each of the houses they have offered us coffee, Zuco, a dish to eat. Their generosity and kindness have been infinite. Vitally it has been a lesson. With the children have spent the best moments of our stay.
We look forward to going back.