MEDIANERAS Interview about their project «Freedom» – 23-04-2021
Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Freedom
Location: Vancouver, Canada @vanmuralfest- You can find this piece next to the @earnesticecream, 68 East 2nd West
Year : 2019
1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?
I choose the work that we painted at the VMF, in Vancouver, Canada
On this occasion, a gray wall became a window, showing a face that breathes airs of freedom while they are locked up.
2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?
This mural was created at the Vancouver mural festival. We had a chat with the owner of the wall, who was very interested in the work. We wanted to represent a person who escapes or leaves a room, as in a search for freedom.
We think that the anamorphosis technique is a matter of perspectives that allows us to think about this idea – of freedom, while we can also think otherwise. That is, to conceive the concept of freedom as an illusion of representation.
3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?
We always take into account the characteristics of the place and also the colors that are around. In this case it can be seen that the colors are related to the building next to it. In The representation of the face we play with some characteristics that can represent the genre, in the same line with the game of perspectives. There is no closed interpretation in our artworks, we even like that the people who live there appropriate the works with their own meanings or ideas.
4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?
We talk to all the people who come to vistit us when we are painting. The people of the neighborhood are very friendly when they see that artistic interventions are carried out in the places where they live. In this case, in Canada they also got involved at the end of the festival, painting the gas cubicle that has a hand represented on it.
From our experience, we see how the neighbors approach curious to see something creative and commit to the proposals, they offer their help. It is very satisfying for artists to see that the community has a positive response when it comes to the art that one has to offer.
In any case, the reaction always also depends on the community and how it behaves or reacts, sometimes they are more shy, other times more curious, and generally very friendly. Sometimes they even bring us gifts to the mural, show us their houses, share their anecdotes.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
I don’t think it is necessary for someone to do the work themself to feel it as their own. In other words, the inhabitants often engage with the work of art in different ways, sometimes conversing with the artists about the ideas or helping to make the activity possible. However, it is also very interesting to carry out collective projects where residents work together to create something public. Many people understands right there that public space does not belong to a municipality, but to all its inhabitants and the community.
6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?
I don’t think there is a single way to consider a work aesthetically well done. It is a very subjective point and something that for one person may be considered beautiful for another may not be.
7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?
I like to think of urban art as something in constant change and ephemeral. A mural can only last a few days or a few years. I prefer, on a poetic level, that an urban work can change, that it is subject to changes in climate, time, architecture or changes in the city itself. Let´s let a work live as long as it has to last without a specific date.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
I believe that the action of doing a work for a community is more important than the value it may generate. I am interested in a value on a cultural level than in any other.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
Sometimes, the rain or the weather can change the production times for the realization of a work in the street. However, there may be more profound difficulties, such as the impossibility of creating due to restrictions on the part of the municipalities or city councils.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
Urban art is important as a tool for the appropriation of public space. It is also a political action. It is very important for the communities to express themselves in their streets, since thisones are the places that we inhabit as societies.
The objective that we have always share was the need to make public art, whether its a mural, urban intervention or mosaic, because we believe that there is where it lies the right place for our work. We consider that public art is the most honest way to create our artworks and that anyone has access to them. We are not interested in making art for an elite that understands or appreciates it or that handles certain codes. It is art for everyone. Medianeras was born as a shared desire to move and create our work in different places and for different communities.
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