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Boa Mistura: Active Color

This documentary explores the work of Boa Mistura, a group of five friends from Madrid who are dedicated to urban collaborative art. Boa Mistura means “good mixture” in Portuguese, and refers to the diversity of training and perspectives of each member. The group is comprised of an architect, an engineer, a publicist and two plastic artists.

They began in 2001 by painting graffiti on the walls of their neighborhood, Alameda de Osuna, but an experience in a disadvantaged community of Cape Town compelled them to rethink their concept of street art. The participation of kids allowed them to see that art can be a catalyst for chagne when a community gets involved in the transformation of their surroundings. From then onwards, their projects were directed further towards the underprivileged, and took on a more social character. Their objective is to inspire, and improve people’s day-to-day lives.

 

Video produced by RTVE in Spain.

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