«Inês e Pedro» by Ricardo Romero

Ricardo Romero Interview about his project «Inês e Pedro» – 14-07-2021

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Inês e Pedro

Location : Alcobaça, Portugal

Year : 2021

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?

As a matter of ethics, I’m going to choose the last piece I presented in public space “Inês e Pedro”.

It is a wall that has an iron structure, which supports it, after the demolition of the inside building. The challenge was to do something that interacted with the existing structure, respecting all the surrounding architecture and nature.

Ricardo Romero – @matilhastudioInês e Pedrohttps://www.instagram.com/matilhastudio/

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?

It is a legal work done with the support of  the parish council and which had the permission to try to add and at the same time revitalize a “dead” space in the city.

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?

The piece  started from a legend of a love between a prince and a princess “Pedro and Inês” who are buried about 100 meters from the intervention site and the goal was to reinvent all this romantic history giving it a contemporary approach.

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?

People end up being an integral part of this communication process between who creates, bringing values and ideas that they believe are fundamental for a better future/construction of collective identity.

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?

Depending on the projects, the contribution of the locals may be more or less relevant.

Ricardo Romero – @matilhastudioInês e Pedrohttps://www.instagram.com/matilhastudio/

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?

My work modifies the urban space from the moment it creates a dialogue with the places. And by creating this dialogue with doubts/questions arise, aesthetically it is achieved.

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 think that all my work has a duration, just like myself ,and starting from a basic principle of life, we shouldn’t try to extend something that has “past its time”.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

I still believe that all my interventions add a layer to what is the established and socially accepted normal.

9- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

Urban art continues to be very important because fortunately it continues to break away from stereotypes and ideas made of what art should be.

Sculpture, painting and video will continue to be tools that I will use to give voice to those who do not have it.

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

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