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THE "UN-BRICKING" MOVEMENT AT RUA DO LOUREIRO CREATED BY LIONESA GROUP, PRESENTS ITS LAST ARTISTIC CREATION BEFORE THE REQUALIFICATION OF THE BUILDINGS

2023-07-10

The last intervention of Art for Art Movement will address the cultural intersection and diversity of the historic Rua do Loureiro as well as the memory of Porto's gardens and flora through the work "Rosa da Índia".

Inauguration on July 5 at 3pm.

Regarding the "un-bricking" movement of Rua do Loureiro, another work is born with the mentorship of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. The famous Porto street, which already has 4 creative works by FBAUP students, will have a new, and last, artistic intervention, this time a mural under the name Rosa da Índia (Indian Rose). This flower symbolizes the meeting of several cultures, which carries India in its name, despite being originally from Mexico. It is found in several different places around the world, including the streets of Porto, and the painting of this mural on Rua Loureiro is the artistic materialization of this multicultural meeting point.

The author is Giulia Yoshimura Pestana, known as Mura, student of the Master in Plastic Arts at FBAUP "Every day I come to Porto by train and get off at São Bento station, by walking around and discovering its surroundings, in some gardens and flowerbeds nearby I found the Indian Rose flower and was enchanted right away by its warm colors, many layers of petals, and the strong smell thanks to its medicinal characteristics. My desire to bring this flower to the Art for Art project on Loureiro Street was to emphasize the beauty of the city's summer, its only flowering season, with the heat in the colors, and highlighting the paths of the petals where we get lost in its charm as well as in the streets and alleys of Porto."

Art for Art project, created by Lionesa Group, has provided over the past few months a true open-air art gallery, fully open to visitors and locals on Rua do Loureiro. The initiative aimed to transform and "open" the walled buildings to people and the city, giving them back the life of yesteryear and making the street a place for sharing knowledge and culture.

These works will be on display until September, when they will give way to the buildings' rehabilitation works.


About the previous interventions: 

The first artistic intervention, "Transformation", by Rafael Alves, aims to think about how spaces are changing, in a dialog with materials and their temporality, where objects previously forgotten are recovered and returned to the community through art, as intended with Rua do Loureiro itself.

"Who tells a Point, adds a Tale", 2nd intervention, is centered on the hypothetical formulation of a local myth, related to the area of Rua do Loureiro and the former Monastery, nowadays São Bento Station. The legend of the effigy of São Bento, interpreted in this intervention, is based on facts that may or may not have occurred in a street as famous and as full of secrets as Rua do Loureiro. But what is the truth? Is there really an effigy? Where has it been kept all this time? Will Porto residents be able to meet it in the city's new cultural district?

The 3rd intervention under the name "Illusional reality" presents a paradox between what we are seeing and the difficulty of our brain to process the information. An interactive work that uses the material and the location to capture the attention of those passing by on the street. Two colors, dispersed over the wavy surface of the plates, divided by the curvature of the undulations, configuring a strong optical effect. Seen in one direction, the pink stands out, and in the opposite direction, the green overlaps. When looked at head-on, the complementarity of the two colors produces a rather disconcerting optical effect as our eyes cannot stabilize their focus, creating a reaction of discomfort and fascination.

Both works were created by students Ana Cardoso, Ana Leça, Ana Margarida Silva, Antónia Spengler, Clara Ginoulhac, Filipa Moreno and Mariana Maia Rocha, and the intervention aims to highlight the condition of fact and myth, where both collaborate in the definition of attention and media.

The 4th intervention of the movement was presented on June 1st. Authored by Inês Amorim, student of plastic arts, "Significant Form" represents the idea of a possible echo of the world, formalizing in the street a privileged place of observation and listening. The "echo" of Rua do Loureiro is a metaphor for the circulation of knowledge, questioning and restlessness where the symbiosis of the industrial and the material becomes the basis of a constant dialog with people and the surrounding space.
It plays with the question of "un-bricking", with the door that will open or close according to the perspective of the people who go up or down the street.



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The #artepelaarte movement aims to encourage the use of art as an engine of regeneration. To this end, a filter was created on Instagram, with the purpose of being used to photograph degraded and forgotten spaces or arteries in cities with the aim of awakening the community to these problems. An invitation to stop the oblivion of the spaces and historic streets of cities often left to abandonment and degradation giving them a new life, intervening with art. Through the filter created for this purpose and the hashtag #artepelaarte anyone can join the movement.

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