The Wick WovenWeb pt 2: this follows on from p1 which took place in Hackney Wick last summer. I will take the hundreds of remaining left over friendship bands from the dismantled Wick Woven Web pt 1 installation to Rocinha and distribute to the people that I meet as a symbol of friendship - each one documented and blogged with a little info about each recipient. I will also create new bracelets with Rocinha residents which will be distributed back in Hackney Wick, each one tagged with info about the maker.
Message from Rocinha: In the UK we often have misconceptions of favela-dwellers so I'm going to create a banner-like washing line installation, conveying a positive message from the people of Rocinha to the people of Hackney. The message, a positive truth sourced from within the community, will be screen-printed onto items and pegged to a washing line, one giant letter per item. The washing line will ultimately be toured around the UK - starting in Hackney - documented and blogged.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
I've always been fascinated by the favelas of Brazil; and after my commissioned artworks last year with Create and Olympic Park Legacy Company - and with the 2012 baton now being handed over to Rio - this year felt like the perfect time to finally make something happen. So, I will be in Rocinha (Rio), South America's largest favela, during November for 2-3 weeks to work on community and participatory artworks with community centres.
Rocinha actually has a lot in common with Hackney (where I work) - it too is a deprived area which borders the Olympic Park and is home to many artists and a crucible of culture. The purpose behind my visit is to tell truths, inspire hope, make connections and build an ongoing relationship.
Steps to get it done:
Here is a link to the Wick Woven Web Pt 1:
and you can see more of my projects here:
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