Between popular culture and urban art: the city of São Caetano de Odivelas-Pará in the contemporary murals of And Santtos and Adriano DK

As cities and their individuals are historically built, their memories are fractured and depend on the conditions of visibility possibilities and discourses of silence. In this sense, we take a city that is not as a neutral space, empty of memory, or an urban calculation, but as an interactive and communicative space. From this perspective, we will analyze contemporary murals with an immensity of colors, brushes, paints, graffiti spray and Masks ox painted by the artists Adriano DK and And Santtos, with a notion of “odivelismo”, a concept proposed by him, a study aimed at social and cultural values of the city of São Caetano de Odivelas, in the state of Pará. Our goal is to understand how their works translated into the urban space, interact with the city’s residents and portrays the ethnic diversity of its residents. For this purpose, this fieldwork based on ethnographic tones, involves semi-structured interviews with social actors in the city, but it is based mainly on the experiences lived in the city in the company of the artists. Our theoretical-methodological framework is based on the formulation of communicative communication and polyphonic city, proposed by Lucrécia Ferrara and Canevacci, in Foucault’s studies on subject flavors, in the definition of contemporary mural by Gitahy and an anthropological approach of graffiti by Campos. This investigation identified a form of ethnomural, using an expression based on the daily life of the odivelense people, in singular poetry, on feelings of the dweller on the banks of the Mojuim river revealed in the rhythms, sounds and popular culture, the mangrove and fishing visions, of playing in the Boi de Máscaras procession materialized on the city walls. Dissertation here.




Priscila Brito Cosme


Universidade Federal do Pará