Street Art promoting culture. Boa Mistura in Algeria.

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Street Art promoting culture. Boa Mistura in Algeria.
The Cervantes Institute of Algiers invited urban art group, Boa Mistura to create a Street Art mural with the students attending the courses and the library of the Spanish culture institution.

The five Spanish members of Boa Mistura - “great mix” in Portuguese, referring to the diversity of the artists - have proposed a two-stage operation.

During the first stage, they invited the students attending the Cervantes cultural centre to create graffiti work on a wall. An urban space where participants could express their creativity as real graffiti artists, with spray cans and brushes.

The result: a large multicoloured mural.

The Street Artists stepped in to work on the same wall for the second stage, using a method they had already tried out in other places as part of the “Proyecto Simbiosis”, in Rio de Janeiro and Zaragoza. The artists painted over most of the mural in white, extracting fragments of the original work in words that conceal and lay bear the graffiti.

The word that emerged in Algiers was “Alegría”, joy.

Not just a play on words, but an expression of great festive participation in this initiative, as shown in the video taken of the initiative (http://vimeo.com/50526778). This process turns Street Art into a universal language for cultural promotion.

This is just one more accolade for the Boa Mistura artists, who as cultural promoters were given the task of decorating the Spanish pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Project: Boa Mistura, http://www.boamistura.com/
Client: Instituto Cervantes de Alger, Algeria
Year: 2012
Project video: http://vimeo.com/50526778
Other links: Luz na Vielas - Boa Mistura, http://www.floornature.com/blog/social-and-sustainable-street-art-andldquoluz-nas-vielasandrdquo-7709/


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