From July 26th to August 6th, CURA – Urban Art Circuit‘s first edition that took place in Belo Horizonte, the capital city of southeastern Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. CURA – Urban Art Circuit is the first mural festival in Belo Horizonte, and the third of its kind in Brazil.

About The Festival

Featuring four large scale murals, located in the blind sides of four buildings in the city center, the Festival aims to transform the landscape of Belo Horizonte, rescuing the trajectory of urban art in the city and recognizing its current dimension and strength in the country and  the world. The selection of the walls was made from an urbanist perspective: all four later; sides will be simultaneously seen from Sapucai street by the new and first street art viewpoint of the world, in which the Festival is helping to create.

Five renowned national and international artists (3women and 2 men) were invited to be part of the festival: Thiago Mazza and Priscila Amoni, from BH; The Acidum Project from Fortaleza, formed by the artists Treza Dequinta and Robezio Marqs; and the Spanish artist Marina Capdevilla who visited Brazil for the first time.

The festival also had an extensive cultural program with discussion panels about art, parties, an art bazar, film screenings and guided tour of the murals of Belo Horizonte.

“The Rooster and the Fox” by Thiago Mazza
“Dralamaale” by Priscila Amoni
“Healers” by Acidum Project
“A Carinhosas” by Marina Capdevila

About The Murals

“The Rooster and the Fox” by Thiago Mazza tells a classic fable of these two animals that are natural rivals. On receiving the invitation to paint in Cura, Thiago Mazza had the idea to portray this tale since the rooster and fox are also the mascots of the two main teams of the state of Minas Gerais. The work has a circular movement that makes reference to the yin-yang in which the opposites balance and without one another would not make sense.

“Dralamaale” by Priscila Amoni depicts a woman surrounded through the power of plants. The dracaena on the left hand  side evokes strength. Lavender and rosemary, on the right hand side, calm and joy. The marantas on her head represent the beauty of the female figure. This is artist’s intent for healing of humanity and the healing of the city of Belo Horizonte.

“Healers” by Acidum Project depicts wise women, with roots in the forest and with the power to energize everything they touch. The two central characters are being healed in an acidic and vibrant atmosphere.

“A Carinhosas” by Marina Capdevila is a representation of an important political movement that has been gaining strength in recent years in Belo Horizonte: The carnival itself. It is a tradition to sing the song “Carinhoso” by Pixinguinha to the grandparents who appear at the windows, when the carnival passes by their houses.

Images by Instagrafite &  Area de Servicio 

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