Peruvian Street Artists Entes y Pesimo collaborated with the Alegrarte Festival in Lima, Peru recently to bring color and art to an otherwise barren landscape on the hills of Lima. So much of the current building that spread across the sides of hills in the last two decades has been characterized as a veritable architectural chaos, especially in zones where poorer people live.
Entes y Pesimo really enlivened some of this neighborhood with their recent murals. The bright and cheerful colors of the one-story houses may make these mountains look attractive from a distance, but the daily life is very difficult.
“The festival takes place in very economically devastated and crowded areas where many are eager to leave,” says Entes, “For us, it’s purely a way to give a social support; to give color to a very grey area outside of town.”
Pesimo talks about the people who live here and why they participated, “These people represent the engine of our capital – that’s why we fully engaged ourselves in the project. We were only interested in giving color and joy to the families who traverse these hills every day.”
While the colors are bright, thematically the images depict a people who are submerged in water that comes up to their necks. It doesn’t take a master analyst to infer that Entes y Pesimo are painting their countrymen and women as people awash in a struggle with the perils of very hard economic and social challenges.
Peruvian Street Artists Entes y Pesimo have been on a tour through much of Europe painting murals in Paris (France), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Hamburg (Germany). Figurative and familial, their imagery borrows from more traditional graffiti and community mural styles and often depicts people sheltering and caring for one another.
Working together since 2000, the duo pioneered their brand of Street Art in Lima and belong to a larger group of artists in Peru who consider themselves graffiti activists. Thematically their work is influenced by social events, cultural and political, addressing issues like discrimination, racism, and the right to personal dignity.
Saw my first barefoot hippie walking down 7th Avenue on Friday and it was like spotting a Robin on the lawn in Union Square Park. SPRING! Spring time hit New York like a truckload of thick sweet kisses and homeboys started checking every cute move of all the shorties, who mysteriously also fluffed up all their magnolia pink feathers and almost imperceptibly put a bit more sa into their shay. Don’t ask us what any of that means, except that when the days get all comfy and warm like these, it’s all about the birds and the beeeeeeees, B.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, with some special shots by Jaime Rojo from a secret place in the Bronx as well as some contributions from Lima, Peru by Adolfo Bejar, and in Essen, Germany from Skount. Names this week include DCT, Elliot Tupac, Essam, How & Nosm, EKG, Keith Haring, Mariposa Mentirosa, Radical!, Seth, Skount, V, and Zam. First we start out with some spring flowers by an unknown artist.