Life in Rio at the time of J.B.Debret
A participatory art project about Human Rights and slavery created with young high school students and 6 Cariocas graffiti painters
Armazém da Utopia, Rio de Janeiro
Ever since the archaeological discovery of the Valongo site in the port area of Rio de Janeiro, the Inscrire Association wanted to carry out a project on the historical stakes of slavery in Brazil.
The idea was born in the spring of 2017, the year of the celebration of the Bicentenary of the French artistic mission in Brazil, aiming to create a monumental artwork in the city, on the façade of the “UTOPIA” warehouse on the new Olympic Boulevard.This artwork has a double theme on Human Rights and slavery. It is painted on the columns and facades of the building. The columns depict human rights paintings done by young students from municipal schools in Rio de Janeiro. The facades contain images of Jean Baptiste Debret, a great 19th-century French watercolorist and historian, revisited by 6 Cariocas painters: Aira, Afa, Gil, Metton, Lya, and Ral. The combination of styles gives an astonishing strength to this 100 meters long artwork.
Significant work was done to imagine the project consistency and define the artistic protocols for Debret’s watercolor transformations.
The inauguration took place in the presence of the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella, the French Ambassador to Brazil, Laurent Bili, the Rio Secretariat for Culture, Nilcemar Nogueira, the French Consul, Brice Rocquefeuil, and Judge Siro Darlan, the attaché for cultural and social action, Guillaume Pierre, the president of the Cdurp, Antonio Carlos Mendes Barbosa, the director of the National Historical Museum, Paulo Knauss, the consul general of Belgium Jean-Paul Charlier, journalists and many more!
Aria, Afa, Gil, Lya, Meton, Ral
Rozana Lemos Lopes
Barney Lankester – Owen
Infrastructure des chaussées au Brésil
Versatil Serralheria constructeur Civil
Jacques Leenhardt, historien et spécialiste de Debret
Schools of Zona Norte : E.M. Pace, E.M.Jean Mermoz, E.M.Oswaldo Cruz, E.M.Pernambuco, E.M. Vinicius de Moraes, E.M. Pernambuco et the municipal daycare centre Geralda de Jesus Aleixo
PARTNERS AND SUPPORT
Rio de Janeiro City Hall
Secretariat of Culture of Rio de Janeiro
French Consulat in Rio de Janeiro
Department of Education
MetroRio / Invepar
Consulat de Belgique
PROJECT LED BY
- Porto Maravilha: Orla Conde ganha Debret em Murais (PT)
- Prefeitura de RJ: Arte no armazem da utopia (PT)
- L’Eventail: les droits humains à Rio (FR)
- Le Petit Journal: Les droits humains sur les murs de Rio (FR)
- Diario Oficial: Debret no boulevard Olimpico
- VNI-VOUSNOUSILS: un peintre français à l’honneur sur la port de Rio