Diego DGOH Interview about his project «HALO»
Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: HALO
Location : Haiti
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?
It’s a little difficult to answer that .. But I believe that a painting I did in Haiti in 2019, I say this because of the context of the locality, which is a very humble country with people who still don’t have much access to urban art.
It was very special to transform a piece of that special place.
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 was a social project to transform that location. A kind of small festival where I had all the support such as materials and a Lift to be able to paint the building.
I consider that action was legalized by the fact that I had a good structure to paint.
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?
With this mural entitled HALO I wanted to talk about the Purity of childhood, I see children as sacred and special beings.
That piece was painted in Saint Marc Haiti in 2019.
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 in that community were very happy to be contemplated with that new mural, everyone looked at the wall and vibrated with happiness.
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?
On this occasion in Haiti, I really liked that the residents were close to what was being done.
But on some occasions when I go to paint in Graffiti mode, I prefer to paint fast.
It’s all a matter of the moment, sometimes I prefer to paint with the participation of the community because it’s a social project, at other times I like to paint alone without being seen. It’s very relative.
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?
In large projects I always do a pre-study of the wall that I will paint, and with that I think about the theme and what I’m feeling to make this mural.
Aesthetics I always prefer to bring a clean and simple design, that’s my style.
I really enjoy taking an old wall and leaving it as new. I believe that art gives a new meaning to poor communities here in Brazil, independent art often does what the government doesn’t.
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?
Street art for me is ephemeral. Nothing is forever, if I want a work to last for a long time I create art on canvas and with that it can be preserved in a collection.
but I think it’s really cool when a work on the street is being preserved for years, with that I see how my evolution is being.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
Bringing colors to communities is something special, you renovating an urban space, transforming what was old into something colorful and full of life, you give people more hope.
here in brazil urban art is seen as something positive because it transforms positively.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
When I was painting illegal bombs in downtown São Paulo in 2019, I was caught by the police and went to court. I believe it was one of the biggest difficulties I had when painting on the street. But the art of Graffiti is like a game…One day you win and the next you may lose.
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 the most democratic art in the world, it is made for all people from different social classes to see. I think this is very inclusive so that people can get to know new artistic expressions.
For the future I want to be able to make relevant exhibitions in prestigious spaces, to be able to continue traveling, making murals and also painting Graffiti and connecting new friendships.
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