Installation from NYC street artist Swoon at the New Orleans Museum of Ar (NOMA). Swoon, aka Caledonia Dance Curry, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and started doing street art in 1999. Swoon regularly pastes works depicting people, often her friends and family, on the streets in various places around the world. Usually, pieces are pasted on uninhabited locations such as abandoned buildings, bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs. Her work is inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets.
Broken City Lab is “an artist-led interdisciplinary collective and non-profit organization working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, education, and creative practice leading towards civic change.” In 2011 the collective wrote this manifesto about their ways of working with institutions across civic and cultural spaces. // more info about Broken City Lab on their webpage www.brokencitylab.org
Spanish creative group Boamistura recently realized a series of artworks (anamorphosis) in Vila Brâsilandia, one of São Paulo’s favela. Boamistura is a multidisciplinary art collective base in Madrid, Spain. The collective is made up of five artists who focus largely on graffiti and community building. This particular project focused on “vecos” and “vielas”: winding streets that are the true components of the community’s internal life to share with the inhabitants the transformation of their environment. The troupe painted the walls of the town bright colors, and using a clever visual trick -painted words that appear to float when viewed from, a certain angle. More works on http://www.boamistura.com