"Entities", by Jaider Esbell. Photo: Disclosure.

Since September 22, Lídia Viber, Robinho Santana, Daiara Tukano and Diego Mouro have been working on the four gables (with painted works, affixed to the walls of buildings) scattered around Rua Sapucaí, in Bairro Floresta, commissioned for the fifth edition of CURA BH. The first three are guest artists, while Diego Mouro was the winner of the CURA call for 2020 – which received around 400 proposals. Due to the pandemic, the project is documenting the entire process, lasting 13 days, in its social networks.

“CURA 2020 was born from an emerging desire to take care of ourselves and our surroundings, to come together and build this edition hand in hand. A festival created by women and which became a journey of encounter and new perspectives”, says Janaína Macruz, one of the creators of the festival, to the newspaper O Estado de Minas.

In addition to the gables, the installation Flags in the Window e Entities, large-scale sculpture by Jaider Esbell. In all, there are 18 works of art on facades, 14 in the hypercenter region of Belo Horizonte and four in the Lagoinha region. The set forms the largest large-scale mural art collection ever made by a single Brazilian festival. Also to the credit of CURA is the first and, until then, only Viewpoint of Urban Art in the world.

Entities is an inflatable sculpture of two snakes, each 18 meters long and 1,5 meters in diameter, in the arches of the Santa Tereza Viaduct, which brings with it a record of the Amazon rainforest, its legends and culture. Entities is inspired by the Makuxi people, being a representation of the figure of the “Big Cobra”, considered the “great universal grandmother”.

What it represents could not have come at a more opportune time: “The Big Cobra is always working behind the scenes, always, tirelessly, to warn us, protect us, keep us alive in this world as people originating from all these lands. The Big Cobra represents several symbologies, from fertility to the way of the waters, of abundance, because it lives underground, in the great underground rivers, keeping the movement of the water always pulsing so that the sources are maintained. It is also distributed in the universe through the Milky Way, also in the middle, through the flying rivers”, explains Esbell. At night, the sculpture gains another face when lit with neon lights.

“Flags in the Window”. Photo: Disclosure.

A série Flags in the Window, in turn, it has panels that reproduce the work of five artists: Celia Xakriaba, #CóleraAlegria, Denilson Baniwa, Randolpho Lamonier and Ventura Profana. Until December 1st, the flags are displayed on the facade of the former UFMG School of Engineering, on Avenida do Contorno, whose building has been inactive since 2010, when it was transferred to the TRT (Regional Labor Court).

In the gigantic posters appear sayings that turn to contemporary and relevant discussions: in the work of Ventura Profana, the slogan “Sem Senhor”; Randolpho Lamonier continues his series prophecies predicting “In 2050 we discovered: Brazil is Latin America!”; and Cholera Alegria calls to embody the twist.

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