Art outside of galleries

Art can stimulate reflection about any subject by presenting controversial and unusual images or ideas, which is very pleasant and enriching for society. Nowadays, we are surrounded by artistic interventions. All kinds of production – from provocative sentences to complex graffiti – can be found on walls, traffic signs, public squares, electricity poles and even restroom doors. In the middle of the chaotic traffic of people and vehicles in a city like São Paulo, crosswalks and sidewalks become stages for dramatic, musical or circus presentations. It is not unusual to find people doing magic, juggling, dancing, playing songs or acting surrounded by spectators who forgot all about their obligations because of the enchantment created by democratic art, made and exhibited outside of galleries, museums, theaters, etc.

Globalization is responsible for boosting creation and dissemination of that kind of production, in which it is a much criticized phenomenon. Modern life, discrimination, global warming and political corruption are some of the issues which are most frequently raised through verbal or visual criticism. An interesting example is an intervention made by Eduardo Srur in 2008, called “Survival”. He put life vests on famous statues all around São Paulo, an idea that got interpreted in many ways and generated all kinds of opinions. That is another peculiarity of art made to be seen by everyone: it might be understood and reviewed in many ways.

Fortunately, people have been giving more value to street art, to its critical purpose and to its capacity of creating doubt and reaching people from different social classes. Graffiti, for example, is an artistic form of expression that has gained many admirers around the world. Even tagging is becoming more popular, which is a great advance for the expression of traditionally excluded minorities. Those are alternatives, and not the only ones, to exclusive art, which is made by the elite for the elite.

BBC Brazil recently published an article about the work of a french artist who paints veils on advertising in the Parisian subway, an example of democratic and provocative production. He covers models with the traditional Muslim clothing, leaving only their eyes showing. However, the mysterious artist, who hides his gender and identity, doesn’t have an opinion on the prohibition of wearing the veil in public spaces in Paris. Click here to know more about the work of Princess Hijab, a controversial type of art that makes advertising become art and that inspired the writing of this post.


Heh. If you want to call that “art”.
Sabe, há dezenas de movimentos artísticos esperando para serem publicados que são bem mais direcionados ao público que quer ser atingido. Um bom exemplo é publicação livre na Galeria do Rock, verifique quando puder.

escrito por Ceggorach em 03.01.11 às %I:%M %p

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