Cross posted from Pradical.org
Favela Painting is a graffiti program initiated by artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn. In 2005 they started a project focused on bringing works of art to unexpected places such as the slums of Rio. Their most current project entitled ‘O Morro’ (meaning ‘The Hill’), is in the central square in the community of Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro. The graffiti was all done by local painters who were trained by the artists.
This seems to bring together some of the best of Rio graffiti – it reflects that youthful feel, builds on local talent, beautifies the community, and trains people to boot. Cudos to the artists, and lets hope that projects like this continue on to other communities.
Here are some more shots of the project:
Thanks to This. That. and the Other. blog for pointing out this project.