ART DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH
Directed by João Weiner and Roberto T. Oliveira documents the urban impact of the Pichação Movement, specifically in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
The documentary depicts the sad, yet thrilling, reality from a “minority” artistic group/movement characterized by its unique style and provocative nature with shocking aesthetics (at least for many). While there is a bias, the documentary provokes the viewer by interviewing different personalities with its many perspectives about the Pixo culture within the world’s 4th largest city, São Paulo.
With original script, sarcasm, drama, and action, actually… A LOT of action, this documentary also focuses on showing, from inside, the birth of its tradition and historical references for such reality known by many, but lived by few.
It is worth mentioning that the documentary got international repercussions and led a few Artists involved in the documentary to be invited by Berlin’s Biennale of Art in 2016 amongst many exhibitions worldwide.
SHEPARD FAIREY - STREET BASICS
In this short film, the legendary American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing, Shepherd Fairey gives us a glimpse of its ow view and option about reappropriating public spaces and also, as the title suggests; how to prepare yourself to hit the streets, prevent from being caught by cops and a few other techniques.
Now, if there is a film that contributed to the legitimation of the “new art form” that started in the late ’60s but only had its boom during the ’80s and strongly contributed to how we perceived hip-hop culture for a very long time is this one - Style Wars. Not only important to understand a different world, but also to present reality at the time… The film mainly focuses on New York Graffiti Culture from the early ’80s, but as part of the movement, Style Wars also brings to the table the Cultural aspect of it; Hip-Hop music, Breakdance, poverty, and youth!
New York was and it is known for being a rough place to live in, but can you imagine how it was during a time where the city got so big and populated that the Government left behind a great part of its population to rot in the streets? For me, as a Brazilian is pretty easy to understand that and foresee one thing: Whenever you get repression, is time to express yourself!
But don’t take only my word for it, check out this bonus video: Style Wars: Revisited (Unreleased outtakes & interviews).