MEDIANERAS Interview – 23-04-2021

Medianeras – @medianerasmurales –

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

We are a duo of Argentine female urban artists who live in Barcelona. Together we create murals, mainly sidewalls (in Spanish: MEDIANERAS). The sidewalls are those that are shared between the neighbors. This concept interests us because we think of urban art as an art that is shared. In our works we take into account the context, where a mural is made and the points of view from which the works are observed. We like the idea of ​​thinking that perspectives change the ways someone conceives an idea.

2- How did you start working on street art?

Both Vane and I (Anali) were already dedicated to making works of urban art before founding MEDIANERAS. Vanesa is an architect and has directed a mosaic workshop in the city of Rosario since 2009, a workshop with which they carried out collective mosaic interventions around the city. More than 15 interventions can be found, some are murals others are urban furniture cladding, such as stairs or public benches. In my case, I painted my first mural at the age of 18, but I began to dedicate myself more specifically to urban painting around the year 2011 when I did the Fine Arts thesis. This was a theoretical-practical project called “artist looks for wall “, which consists of making murals on walls that the neighbors offered me when they found this stencil that i left as a signature on each work. In 2015 Vanesa and I created MEDIANERAS together, a collective project that we carry out on mural painting in different cities around the world. To date we have traveled more than 15 countries and 30 cities creating murals.

3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

The “inspiration” to create the projects comes mainly from certain characteristics of the town or city, the context, the proportions of the wall – width – height – unevenness – and the possible points of view. We mainly represent portraits and we try not to necessarily define the gender of who we represent, giving rise to the viewer’s perspectives. Yes, the murals that we create considerably modify the urban space, in the case of the paintings that we make, they open a kind of window to artistic representation. However, it is important to remember that despite the fact that these murals are visually imposed, they are still ephemeral interventions in painting, linked to possible changes in the weather or any other.

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

Street art, although it is changing and adapting over the years, I conceive it as public art, which is on the street and in the struggle to remain with a certain freedom and independence, trying not to be absorbed by the institutions. We believe that art when going out and being totally public is accessible to anyone, this makes it unique and genuine. Whether it is art or not is a decision that is ultimately decided by each viewer. Although urban art at the time of carrying it out has certain codes that those who do it many times know, it is occasionally ephemeral and public. This also makes it more open, an artist does not need to have a career, or to be chosen by a jury to have access to show his work in the streets. In particular we refer to someone who on their own decides to create their work in this way, without having to depend on any institution. Somehow the importance of urban art lies in expanding the artistic offer and making it accessible to everyone, democratizing access to culture.

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

I think that urban art should be legal, as it is ultimately an expression of the people. However, I consider that it is also good to be respectful with the neighbor or who resides in the area where the mural is going to be painted, since ultimately the residents will be the ones who live with the artwork on a daily basis. We always talk with the neighbors who live where we paint, perhaps this is the reason why we have never had problems with the police. In any case, I believe that in Latin-America there is less persecution of artists who paint in the street.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

It depends on the project, its complexity, the size of the wall, and several other things that we take into account. If the wall has windows, if there are trees in front of it, which objects are visually important and are part of the total composition. In general, the creation of the sketch takes us more time than the painting.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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