Arts Organization name: Moriviví
Featured Work 1: Moriviví Mural in Progress:
The Moriviví women’s art collective in Puerto Rico is passionate about interacting with local communities and creatively expressing the communities’ voices. They currently focus on the collaborative creation of murals which integrate beautiful symbolic images with social commentary. Their work has been the victim of censorship, as in the case of this mural with a domestic violence focus (below). Women in the community responded by standing in front of the mural topless, and Moriviví shared this message on their Facebook page:
“Today, we must educate: if we can’t see and appreciate the image of the naked female body naturally and with respect, how are we going to respect every woman in our lives?”
Featured Works Slideshow, including images from a community project with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Carolina, Puerto Rico (first two slides):
5 Questions for the Art Organization:
1. What does art mean to your organization?
Art is centered and obsessed with itself. We take part in escaping and freeing art from its own world. Art as a practice teaches independence and the validation of ideas. We believe that society needs this desperately, for all of us to discern the way we conduct our lives and use our resources. We are committed to bringing this attitude to the places we work, and those communities that call them home.
2. What projects did you focus on in the past, and why?
We started out participating in local Urban Art festivals. By 2013 we were in high school and had the opportunity to participate in Santurce es Ley 4, after the organizers saw our work, they told us we had to come up with a name. That’s what opened for us the doors to legitimate recognition as artists. After our first participation, events contacted us, and we went in order to expose ourselves.
3. What project are you focusing on now, and why?
Now people write to us constantly. Community leaders, organizations and other groups bring to us their ideas and concerns and we work with them to produce, both resources and the content for a mural- in most cases- that is significant and impactful to them.
“Urban art” is extremely popular right now, but what we identify as a problem is that too many artists are producing murals with content that simply identifies the artist. Many just see the world as their huge canvas and paint in a certain “style” that can only say “I was here,” drifting apart from the site’s idiosyncrasy. In the end, imposing images and ideas to residents and daily passer-by’s, who truly own those walls and what they see in them. We like to reflect upon the impact of our work and comment on the issues that are relevant to its context, but also, conscious that as imposing as a mural is, it shouldn’t overwhelm that space. Problems need to be pointed out but we can’t shove them in people’s faces.
That’s why it is so important for the community to be involved, that way they know the effort that it takes to do these kinds of things and have a sense of appropriation of it.
4. What are your organizations’ goals, dreams, and hopes for the future?
We hope to grow as a project and work on other forms of art, beyond muralism. In a way, we want art to become a resource to learn. We want to produce art that is committed and inviting to the public. We are working for Moriviví to become a set of ideals about teamwork, genuine independence and meaningful production. If we are producing art about the human condition and its effects, we can simply do it ethically better and in a life-promoting way.
5. What else would you like to say?
No work of art is a final period but a reflection of the growth of those that took part in it. In a larger scale it unfolds our story. Many ask for the meaning of an artwork, but art is merely a stimulus for those who interact with it. We want to stimulate reactions that help us grow as a society.
Artist Supplied Background:
Moriviví is a collective of young female artists, formally conformed since April 2013. They’ve gained recognition for the creation of murals, where they’ve developed the subject of the human condition directed to sensitize spectators.
All of the members graduated together from Santurce’s Centra High School of visual arts and are now continuing their college studies. Painting together is how they make sense of the act for themselves. They promote teamwork as a way to produce things of value in society, and elevating it in order to achieve social justice.
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