Paraisopolis is the largest favela of Sao Paulo.
This 100,000 people city in the city is almost totally deprived of street art contrary to most of Sao Paulo.
When we started to paste on the makeshift walls of this favela, we were initially greeted with skepticism...very quickly this became enthusiasm, and not only were they asking for more, but they spontaneously selected the artworks and the locations where they wanted them to be pasted.
Stories unfolded like this of José Adriano who was at the core of an exchange between the photographers of the ArtFabric and german artist Ebenholz. Another story started with Johnny, a young father aged 19, who wants to complete his tatooed body with the artwork of US artist Astrotwitch just pasted. On his side, Astrotwitch integrated some of Johnny's tatoos in his paintings...follow their stories in the following pictures...
VILA LEOPOLDINA, GLICERIO, MINHOCAO
The street is the last resort for sheltering those people who have lost everything.
Their "home" is made of a piece of plastic, the ceiling of a bridge, at best a small tent...they are invisible to the rest of the urban population. Their life is ephemeral and mere survival is their daily obsession when crack and alcohol gives them a short break...
We have heard their broken life stories. And we have seen their joy and admiration for the art given to them as a bubble of joy, of colour in a uniformly grey environment.
They live in the Invisible Shelter ...
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