Now normally tagging over peices would cause serious beefage but this is a different breed of agro. Not your ego-fuelled aggression like what goes down in NYC, but real political statement. Having spent some time in Sao Paulo personally, and discovering what a hideously unjust place Brazil really is, you can’t help but feel remorse. Not for the mural per se, but the ghastly conditions that spawn the need for such demonstrations.
Seriously, Pixação (the tagging style) is fascinating, romantic and heartbreaking. Please, please, PLEASE check the clips I’ve posted. Below is an incredible trailer (check that sounddddd!) for a documentary on Pixação - don’t worry if you don’t understand what’s being said - Y’all vibe with it, I know you will!
And this interview (in English (!)) is with journalist and creator of the above doc, Joao Wainer. He explains brilliantly who the Pixadores are and why they do what they do. In fact, many established street artists feel the plight of the Pixadores so I guess it’s unlikey there will be too much resentment over the defacing of their work. T’is a “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” type-scenario methinks.
“How many artists do you know that risk their life to make art?”
That question just gets to me soooo bad.
God, I miss that place…(: (
In his documentary (which I posted earlier), journalist/photographer Joao Wainer posed the question - “How many artists do you know who risk their lives to make art?” And that very question seemed to reverberate around my head continuously until it finally struck me - pixacao (Pi-sha-sow - a unique form of tagging native to Brazil), might just be the street art form to end all forms of street art. I can’t deny the fact that most of my time here has been spent photgraphing the more asthetically pleasing street pieces and yet all the while, every time I put down the camera lense, my eyes have always been drawn skywards to the world of pixacao which seems to me to occupy such more mythical, elevated and altogether more notorious status. Well, I will wonder no more! From this day forth I do decree that I will endeavour to investigate pixacao and present it to the world, in my own vastly insignificant way! Why, Ive already discovered there are not one but two pixacao documentaries in the mix - one of which I’ve posted the trailer for - check out that soundddd! ‘Maaazing! So, seems my timing might be quite spot-on and I can’t wait to see where my investigations take me…
Oh, and just to translate; that crazy fruit at the end of the trailer is blaming pixadores and bandits for ruining peoples faith in religion… moral corruption… swine flu… losing his front door keys etc. Tosser.