In times of great discussion about graffiti in Brazil, I would like to share one of the incredible experiences I have had the opportunity to live recently.
It is a street art tour through Lisbon, more precisely, in Quinta do Mocho.
Quinta do Mocho is a social district, located in Loures, close to Lisbon airport. It was created especially to welcome families of africans, coming from the former Portuguese colonies in that continent. It comprises more than 40 residential buildings, arranged in a village or “condomínio” form, as we know it here in Brazil.
We learned of this place through a private street art tour that we hired with Filomena, from the Estrela D’alva tour, in Lisbon, where Vasco, a graffiti specialist, led us through the main interventions in the city and its surroundings.
Vasco left Quinta do Mocho for the end of the tour. It was the “grand finale”. Here’s why:
Vasco told us that the locals had made a single demand: that a mural of Bob Marley were painted. 😉 Unfortunately, we do not photograph it, but I can say that is also absolutely beautiful and inspiring.
Here’s another piece of information: Quinta do Mocho, after all these murals, is gaining a “new air”, so to speak. Bus lines have started to circulate to the place. Small businesses have begun to emerge within the neighborhood. The residents are prouder to say that they live in Quinta do Mocho.
It is now known as an open-air art gallery. After all, there are more than 43 large murals occupying the space of existing buildings. I have read in some blogs, that it would even be the Europe’s largest open-air art gallery.
My personal impressions: I felt something very special walking through the alleys of Quinta do Mocho and every moment come across those huge murals. The cheerful songs that played inside the houses, whose high sound reached us, made me delve into the difficult reality of the residents of the neighborhood and their hope in better days. It was intense and shocking to be on that Sunday morning at Quinta do Mocho. I want and hope to return one day. <3