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Parees Festival 2021 Honors History, Community: Goes “Beyond the Mural”

Parees Festival 2021 Honors History, Community: Goes “Beyond the Mural”

“Beyond the Mural” is the name of a tour program they had this year for the 5th Parees Festival in Oviedo (Asturias, North of Spain). The intention of the tour is to give people a unique up-close idea about what the process is for artists to create. Curious attendees had many questions along the way.

“Beyond the Mural” could also be an appropriate descriptor for the festival as a whole, which has not been content to merely trumpet the arrival of international street art stars with no connection to the culture. True, there are some celebrities mixed in during the five-year period of some thirty large-format murals by local, national, and international artists. Each of them pays tribute to Asturian characters or history and even spread to nearby towns such as Olloniego, Trubia, and Tudela Veguín.

Luogo Comune. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Aida Baja)

Parees Fest has had many meaningful and lasting achievements in these five years – as evidenced by the number of neighbors, organizations, and specialists who get involved annually. It is a joint collaboration of artists and the community. The results are murals that are always tributes to Asturian characters, traditions, and events, in a unique mix of art and history.

After a severely restricted program in 2020 due to Covid, this year (Sept 13-19) the festival again invited local and foreign artists to focus on Asturian customs and characters, each following a  participatory process with the mediation of the artists collective Raposu Roxu.

Luogo Comune. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Aida Baja)

The themes and personalities grappled with by artists were varied, as are the styles represented on these facades of Oviedo; here you’ll see memories of mining, tambourines that fuse folklore and feminism, the famous Spanish singer and Asturia native Tino Casal, the scientist Margarita Salas and a historical tribute to the San Claudio Faience Factory. Organizers like to say the new works transfer decades of history to our present.

Read below the descriptions of various works as provided by the folks at the 5th Annual Parees Fest. Our special thanks to them and to photographers Fer Alcala and Mirahaciaatras, for sharing their great talents here with BSA readers.

Luogo Comune. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)

LUOGO COMUNE

For this edition, the Italian Luogo Comune has painted a huge mural dedicated to Oviedo. The inspiration has been provided by citizen testimonies, the personal stories of dozens of people who participated in the campaign “What do you think makes the city of Oviedo special?”.

The answers to this question, launched by Parees Fest and the City Council’s Citizen Participation Area, were transferred to the artist, who has composed a work that combines history and nature, the pre-Romanesque past and the proximity of the mountain in its iconography.

Luogo Comune. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Luogo Comune. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Foni Ardao. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)

FONI ARDAO

Among Parees Fest’ Asturian themes, those with literary content stand out, such as the murals dedicated to Clarín or Dolores Medio.

To illustrate the famous story “Montesín” by María Josefa Canellada, a philologist and one of the main Asturian writers of the last century, the Asturian artist Foni Ardao explored the tender relationship between the lost goat and her little caretakers.

A well-deserved honour to the first children’s book in Asturian, written in 1979, where we can see the goat Montesín in the arms of the girl, in the lands below l’Escorial, while the boy plays the guitar with his friend the magpie on his shoulder.
Surrounded by nature and heated by a fire, the characters convey a lot of peace and sweetness.

Foni added to his mural a tribute to his mother, Margarita, who died just over a year ago, represented by the flower bearing her name in the girl’s hair.

Foni Ardao. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Foni Ardao. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)

ALBA FABRE

The Catalan artist Alba Fabre Sacristán created an exquisite impressionist mural, where light and movement draw the figure of two “Sidros” captured in full jump.

The “Sidros” and the “Mascaradas de Invierno” are Asturian and pagan traditions. Members of these groups (traditionally men, but some women can wear the costume since 2019) are celebrating jumping, dancing, making noise with cowbells, and with improvised sarcastic comedy about what happened in the village during the year. This ritual existed in various places, but almost disappeared with Franco.

It’s related to Winter’ solstice, fertility and the beginning of adulthood for young men. On the contrary of Carnival, masks are not to hide, but to show the archetypes of the characters of the comedy (the ugly ones, the handsome ones, animals, natural elements…)

The artist met the association Sidros y Comedies El Cencerru before, during and after the process of the mural in order she could perfectly understand the background and the stories behind theses costumes (she could even wear one and dance with the “Sidros”).

Sidros. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Sidros. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Alba Fabre. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Emily Eldridge. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)

EMILY ELDRIDGE

The Primitive “Camino de Santiago”, different from the busiest French Way, starts in Oviedo and takes pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
In 2015, it was recognized by the UNESCO, along with the “Camino del Norte”, as a “World Humanity Heritage Site”, the highest distinction that a cultural asset can receive.

It is a magnificent route that crosses Asturias and Galicia, but is also known for its difficulty, due to the peculiarity of the landscape (all guides recommend an advanced level of hiking).

The American artist Emily Eldridge created after some meeting with historians a mural full of colours, representing a “modern” pilgrim, with a skirt and painted nails, walking happily towards her next stage.
Perhaps a way to remember that, although originally those who ventured on the Camino were men and devotees, today it is also an international destination for all nature lovers.

In this portrait, you can see flowers, but also thorns, and a hairstyle in the shape of a ladder, which recall the beauty and harshness of this Camino.

Emily Eldridge. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
Emily Eldridge. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Mirahaciaatras)
Emily Eldridge. Parees Mural Festival 2021. Oviedo, Spain. (photo © Fer Alcala)
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BLU Allies : A Counter Exhibition to “Banksy & Co.” Launched in Bologna

BLU Allies : A Counter Exhibition to “Banksy & Co.” Launched in Bologna

An anti-Banksy & Co. Street Art show opened in Bologna Italy the same night as its controversial bank-backed cousin with brand new works by 50 or so Italian and international Street Artists and open admission to their outdoor ‘museum’.

 “It is free and spontaneous, as Street Art should be,” says an organizer and participant named About Ponny as he describes the exuberant and sometimes saucy toned exhibition on the grounds of the sprawling former headquarters of Zincaturificio Bolognese which is destined for future demolition.

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About Ponny (photo © @around730)

“The message we want to convey is that true street art is found where it was born, in the street and not in the paid exhibits,” says Bibbito, who along with two other out-of-town street artists named Jamesboy and Enter/Exit found food and couches during their installations thanks to an association of artists called L’Associazione Serendippo. Together, these artists say, they and other organizers want to send a “strong signal” by creating “one of the largest museums of ephemeral street art ever made”. The new coalition named this project “R.U.S.Co” (Recupero Urbano Spazi Comuni) or (Urban Renewal Common spaces).

The new 16,000 m2 open-air art show may appear as a rather curious development because its method of protest runs completely counter to that of the shows’ most vocal and high-profile critic, BLU, who last week protested the same show by defiantly destroying 20 years of his own public paintings, rather than making new ones.

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About Ponny (photo © @around730)

The contested Banksy and Co. exhibition contains, among many other works, walls removed from a privately owned abandoned building in Bologna that were painted by BLU. Displaying the walls and his artwork without his consent so angered the painter that he rallied artists and activists to help him snuff out all his remaining murals and paintings in this Northern Italian city last week. (See A BLU Buffer Talks About the Grey Action in Bologna)

The heavily attended Friday night opening of Street Art – Banksy & Co. at Palazzo Pepoli – Museo della Storia di Bologna was curated by Luca Ciancabilla, Christian Omodeo and Sean Corcoran and features roughly 250 historical and contemporary works spanning about fifty years and highlighting a number of movements within the so-called Urban Art genre. On balance it appears that 90 percent of the the works are studio works, paintings, sculpture, videos, original sketches and ephermera and were probably collected in a more conventional way and the tagged psters, stickers, metal doors, and wall fragments are viewed in the context of the whole scene.

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Nemo’s (photo © @around730)

Of the counter exhibit, About Ponny says “Many artists have participated. It’s fantastic foray into an abandoned factory that maybe in the future will be demolished,” on the metal production factory grounds that have laid unused for about 15 years. Completed over three weeks time with freshly painted pieces, many of the new works hint at the Street Artists intentions to lampoon the formal museum show with a bit of sarcasm. Included in some of the pieces are overt references to the contested issues at hand, such as a portrait surrounded by a diagram of scissors and a dotted line by About Ponny and Nemo’s large troubled and naked man pierced through the head with a price tag reading 13 €, the entrance fee for the museum show .

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Hopnn (photo © @around730)

Attendance at the new outside show will be difficult to gauge as the facility is in such disrepair that organizers cannot encourage the public to attend it without putting people at risk because of safety matters. This method of art-making in abandoned places has been a cornerstone of the graffiti and Street Art practice since youth first started to chart their urban explorations and these new pieces seem perfectly at home on decaying walls and crumbling infrastructure, despite any possible dangers present. It is exactly this sometimes-idealized rebellious ethos that is offended by the practice of displaying this art in a more rarified environs.

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About Ponny (photo © @around730)

The Artists participating include: 5074, about ponny, ache77, animelle, carlos atoche, casciu, bdn, bibbito pupo, collectivo fx, dada, dirlo, dissenso cognitivo, distruggi la loggia, ente, exit enter, fuori luogo, hazki, hpc crew, huang, incursioni decorative, hopnn, james boy, leo borri, luogo comune, marcio, nada, nemo’s, pepe coi bermuda, progeas family, psikopatik, pupa, reve+, ricky boy, sharko, snem, standard, stelle confuse, tadlock, valda, and zolta.

 

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Colletivo FX (photo © @around730)

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Hopnn (photo © @around730)


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PsikoPatik (photo © @around730)

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Progeas Family (photo © @around730)

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Tadlock (photo © @around730)

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Dada (photo © @around730)

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Exit Enter (photo © @around730)

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Exit Enter (photo © @around730)

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Casciu (photo © @around730)

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Pupo Bibbito (photo © @around730)

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Hazkj (photo © @around730)

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James Boy (photo © @around730)

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Zolta (photo © @around730)

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Snem (photo © @around730)

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Leo Borri (photo © @around730)

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Pepe Coi Bermuda (photo © @around730)

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Luogo Comune (photo © @around730)

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Huang (photo © @around730)

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Sharko (photo © @around730)

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Reve+ (photo © @around730)

Read more and see additional photos at

http://www.inkorsivo.com/arte-e-costume/r-u-s-co-larte-torna-strada/

http://2016rusco.wix.com/rusco#!blank-1/is57m

Our sincere thanks to About Ponny for taking the time to shoot exclusive photos for BSA for this article. Please follow About Ponny on Instagram at @around730

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post

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