Hyuro @ Memorie Urbane 2014
Hyuro is well known for the way she challenges through art the stereotypes related to the role and status attached to most women in society.
In her minimalist, yet very powerful works, women gain strength together, symbols of household items (brooms, vacuum cleaners), of enslavement (cages, for example) and of labor in general become weapons to fight distorted mindsets. Sometimes, her characters seem to have lost all knowledge associated with these objects and use them in unexpected ways, as if they were never meant to engage in such actions.
The struggle, the lack of freedom, the violence of the hunters and suffering of the hunted, also reflect in her works.
Artist Escif describes her work as “intimate and very personal. Her universe, disturbing and seductive. Her language is honest and forthcoming. Her head are her hands and her paintings a gift for the streets of the city”. Looking at her murals and drawings, we not only discover the artist, gradually, as in an endless story written on the streets, but we also see ourselves, as in a mirror, and we become more conscious about the fact that “wildness is a primary state in which all are equal. The characters we see on the walls is anyone and each one of us… women, wolves, children, lovers… others. Yes, the other ones. Hyuro doesn´t paint on the street. Hyuro talks to the street. And she does it with such respect and affection, which are the others who, as we approached, we paint the walls that she just whispers”.
In her two murals painted for Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Italy (more info), she refers once again to the image of women. The murals were painted in Gaeta, one of the cities where the festival takes place.
Hyuro in Gaeta, Italy / Photos: Flavia Fiengo
Here is a watercolor on paper, from 2013, that was certainly an inspiration for this year’s first mural in Italy:
This is not the first collaboration between Hyuro and Memorie Urbane festival. Here is her 2013 piece, “The Waiting”:
And starting 2012, the association Turismo Creativo, the one organizing Memorie Urbane, planned to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women.
On November 25th, 2013, after Italy passed a law against femicide, together with the city of Formia and Terracina, very sensitive to the project, they invited Hyuro to join the initiative.
Photos: Davide Rosillo
View her recent mural for FORM PUBLIC festival.