Thursday, March 04, 2010

He Painted A Tombstone, I Found It Beautiful

The most interesting art always comes from the street, from beauty uncovered in the everyday - murals, signs, graffiti, local advertisements, religious icons. A sign of a healthy community is one in which the artist occupies a vital function - whether it be to make the side of a house or a tombstone more beautiful. Towards the end of this short film about the artist, Stephan Doitschinoff, he inquires about painting a local chapel. The Gravekeeper tells him: "The chapel is there. Do what you wish."

From 2005—2008, Stephan Doitschinoff traveled throughout the Brazilian countryside of Bahia, painting site-specific murals on adobe houses, chapels, and even a cemetery. In the small village of Lençóis, he collaborated with local artisans, and expanded his research into the rich history of Brazilian folklore and the syncretism between Christian theology and African spiritual traditions. [ source ]

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