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Panmela Castro: “Doriridade” and the Sisterhood of Shared Pain in Rio

Panmela Castro: “Doriridade” and the Sisterhood of Shared Pain in Rio

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

― Audre Lorde

Panmela Castro. Dororidade” (Painrity) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. November 2018 (photo © Panmela Castro)

Brazilian Street Artist Panmela Castro is unveiling her new three story high mural in Rio de Janeiro that acknowledges the sisterhood that comes from shared pain. She calls it “Dororidade” and tells BSA that it explains the relationship of affection and solidarity between women who have bonded through experiences of anguish and misery.

Panmela Castro. Dororidade” (Painrity) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. November 2018 (photo © Panmela Castro)

“It creates an image of two black women joined by their hair, sisters of shared minds, ideas, experiences,” says the artist, who has painted murals advocating for women’s rights, power, and showcased beauty in more than 30 cities around the world. In addition to overt violence, Castro says that this mural is addressing, “The pain that hurts when being attacked by machismo and the pain that hurts when being attacked by racism.”

The mural will be launched on November 20th, Black Consciousness Day, in Rio de Janeiro, with a big party from 4 to 8 pm.

Panmela Castro. Dororidade” (Painrity) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. November 2018 (photo © Panmela Castro)

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Panmela Castro, Olympic Goddess in Rio for the Games

Panmela Castro, Olympic Goddess in Rio for the Games

From Rio, “The Goddess of Victory” by Brazilian artist Panmela Castro on the Boulevard Olímpico. Fresh off her PM/10 mural in front of the under construction Urban Nation in Berlin, Panmela says that she feels lke she won an Olympic medal to paint this Greek goddess in her home country.


Panmela Castro “The Goddess of Victory” Olympic Boulevard. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. August 2016. (photo © Panmela Castro)

A performance artist who is not afraid to challenge patriarchal structures about femininity and gender fluidity, and with whom we’ve talked to about carving words into her own body with a blade, Castro is no intellectual lightweight. So we take Ms. Castro seriously when she brings this winged woman to the Olympics – “the goddess that personifies victory, triumph and glory,” she tells us.


Panmela Castro “The Goddess of Victory” Olympic Boulevard. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. August 2016. (photo © Panmela Castro)



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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.15.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.15.15



Winter has been beating New York with a stick this week, but there’s still new Street Art going up – you just might miss it because you are rushing home to get warm. Also we have a smattering of shots from other cities this week to give you an idea of what’s up.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bifido, Bradley Theodore, BustArt, Claudio Ethos, Clet, Gore-B, GumShoe, Jilly Ballistic, Li-Hill, Mark Samsonovich, Mr. One Teas, Paul Insect and SeeTf.

Top Image >> Mark Samsonovich with an acute observation on this Valentine’s weekend. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mark Samsonovich (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This GoreB may be 10 years old, but we just saw it for the first time. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Li-Hill has a new mural in Los Angeles, CA. Detail. (photo © Li-Hill)


Li-Hill. Los Angeles. CA. (photo © Li-Hill)


Paul Insect (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bust Art at work on his new installation in Paris. (photo © BustArt)


BustArt completed installation in Paris. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“This time Winnie the Pooh is taking his crew to the streets and claim a new graffiti area” says the artist.


BustArt. Detail. Paris. (photo © BustArt)


Mr. One Teas and Mickey are painting McDonalds with a wide brush (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Oops, my hat! Dang this wind! Claudio Ethos new piece in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil. (photo © ETHOS)


CLET (photo © Jaime Rojo)


CLET (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jilly Ballistic got the guillotine treatment. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


What do you want to be when you grow up. There are number of options. Bifido’s new installation in Rome, Italy. (photo © Bifido)


Bradley Theodore (photo © Jaime Rojo)


This hot busty blond aerosol piece by SeeTf is melting the snow. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


GumShoe (photo © Jaime Rojo)


“My Calvins” Manhattan, NYC. February 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)




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Brazil is Now. Jetsonorama in Rio.

Rio is today. And tomorrow. A dagger sharp contrast of rich and poor, it is a model that grows throughout the rest of the world wherever the middle class is being attacked and steadily whittled down to a thin whisper.

When Brazil takes the world stage for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, most of Rocinha will miss the events. A slum that houses 200,000 people on the hillside in Rio, people there are borrowing electricity from the neighboring rich São Conrado and Gávea communities and figuring out how to meet their most basic needs. According to Mundoreal “Residents subsist in conditions of abject or near abject poverty, residing in small shanties stacked one on top of another, sometimes as many as 8 stories high.”

Jetsonorama (photo © courtesy Jetsonorama)

Street Artist Jetsonorama was in Rio de Janeiro to visit with friend Lea Rekow as part of Green My Favela (GMF), a more formal structural approach to bringing social and environmental remediation to Rocinha, one of the 10 largest slums in the world. “GMF was formed to reclaim degraded land and to create more productive green spaces inside Rocinha. GMF works with Rocinha residents to green what we can through collaborations with individuals, families, NGOs and schools.”

While there to learn about GMF and study how to offer support Jetsonorama also installed a few wheat-pastes he made to sort of lend a figurative hand. One of them appears as a symbolic way of reactivating a decidedly run-down site. He explains, “I had a chance to visit Lea’s project and to meet some of the Rocinha community members who are working with her to develop the site into a community garden space.”

Jetsonorama installing in Rocinha (photo © Lea Rekow)

Jetsonorama installing in Rocinha (photo © Kate Mytty)

Jetsonorama in Rocinha (photo © Jetsonorama)

Rocinha resident Carlos with a view behind of the .5 square mile area the slum is located in. (photo © Jetsonorama)

Carlos tending to one of the gardens on reclaimed land in Rocinha. (photo © Jetsonorama)

Children playing in Rocinha (photo © Lea Rekow)

Jetsonorama (photo © Jets0norama)

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