Panmela Castro In The Bronx Highlights Women’s Rights

Brazilian muralist and graffiti writer Panmela “Anarkia” Castro has just begun painting four expansive walls in the Bronx and today we bring you a few images of the first one commenced in March in recognition of Women’s Month.

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Panmela Castro. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Known for her advocacy of women’s rights, the prevention of domestic violence, and issues of gender inequality, we think that today – “Equal Pay Day” – is a good day to feature Anarkia’s work and to remind us all that in the US women make 79 cents for every dollar a man does. Still. In 2016.

In a social-consciousness irony of sorts, these walls in the Bronx surround the grounds of what was once a retirement home for rich families who had lost their wealth, the Andrew Freedman House.

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Panmela Castro. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Walter Puryear, director of the Freedman House chose Ms. Castro to paint the four walls facing the Bronx museum after her successful mural within the complex. In a press release she is quoted, “With so many artists producing work at the mansion, it is an honor to have my work selected to occupy all four walls surrounding the mansion.  This is a particularly special honor, given the fact that I am a foreigner and a woman.”

Castro will return to complete the remaining walls during visits in June and September.

Read more on the Freedman House project on The Huffington Post by BSA here: “Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized By The Arts

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Panmela Castro . Sonic Bad. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Panmela Castro. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Panmela Castro (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 
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