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To teach Human Rights to hundreds of young people while building a subway station in São-Paulo

3 December 2020
Year :
2010 - 2018
Location :
Luz Subway, São-Paulo

Luz subway station was chosen by Inscrire’s team to host our largest symbolic human rights project in Brazil.
The 500 m2 artwork contains 49 panels adjacent to each other, mounted on columns, walls and parapets. São Paulo is the largest metropolis in South America, and Luz subway station is a major communication hub for the 2 or 3 million people that cross it every day. 

We created a monumental project conceived in 3 parts, which dialogue with each other: 17 works on human rights created with the participation of more than a thousand students from São Paulo’s underprivileged schools, 16 historical and critical works that tell São Paulo’s history in the context of Brazil’s history and 16 portraits of Paulist and Brazilian figures standing up for democracy. 

The stakes were high because even though the commission came from the Metropolitano, they did not invest in art. The funds raised were exclusively private. Many volunteers participated in this unique creation.
Brazilian society, which is not very democratic, believes that artists come from wealthy families and therefore have the necessary funds to carry out their projects. The Association Inscrire and its local team spent almost 10 years to achieve this fundamental artwork. 

The 17 Human Rights panels were created with the active participation of suburban schools (listed below). Inscrire’s local team visited these schools with ceramic tiles and opened pedagogical and artistic workshops.
Our pedagogical kit was offered to teachers and educators to raise their awareness of upstream activities. Transport logistics were organized between the schools and our studio located in Barra Funda. 

The 16 panels about the city’s development within Brazilian history were designed under the supervision of the historian Paulo Knauss.
These critical artworks covering 500 years of history are the result of 10 years of reading, researching, and transposing the information into images and texts painted in black, red, blue, and yellow on a white background. 

The themes include :
(1) The Amerindians, (2) The founding of the city of Sao Paulo in 1558, (3) A sealed economy, (4) The Bandeirantes and the abolition of slavery in 1888, (5) The Republic of the Coffee with Milk, (6) Italian immigration and Porto Santos, (7) Northeastern immigration, (8) The week of modern art, (9) The New State, (10) The Constitutionalist Revolution, (11) A wind of development, Brasilia and Kubichek, (12) Attempt of democratization and the coup d’état, (13) The years of military dictatorship or years of lead, (14) Football and democracy, (15) Return to democracy, (16) Sao Paulo today.


Françoise Schein
Julio Villani, artiste invité
Maria Helena Dalla Bona,
Rita Anderaos
Arthur Anderaos
Philippe Nothomb
Alan Sales Santos
Tatiana Dalla Bona
Ana Shiaku
Laura Mascaro
Laura Taves
Katia de Radiguès
Livia Perez
Mila Goudet
Lohana Schein
Elder Silva de Oliveira
Valentine Fell
José Maria Nunes


More than 1000 students from schools and CEUs (Unified Education Centres) – Ceus de São Carlos, Diadema, Jacana, Alvarendaga, Sapopemba, Butanta, Curuça, Anhagera, Paralheiros, Lycée Pasteur de São-Paulo


Metropolitano of São-Paulo
Ministry of Education
Museum of the Portuguese language.
Social Service of Commerce of Pompeia
French Consulate
Ministry of Culture
Association Danyann Aprender Evoluir
A2 Eventos
Tofiq House
CMDHSP, São-Paulo Municipal Human Rights Commission
Nicolas Keutgen
Rede Energia
Rozy Strozenberg
Betina Zalcberg
Edith Azevedo
Denise Milan
Regina Celia Paz Cavalcante
Flavia Cutolo
Aloiso Gibson
Sandra Theodozio
Renan Andrade
Monica Braga


Company Schréder
Rede Energia
The French Consulate in SP


Rita Anderaos
Françoise Schein
Mila Goudet

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