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Afuera is an international street art event which will transform public space in a remote mining town high in the Peruvian Andes

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Street Art In The Least Expected Places

AFUERA is a public art event based in Peru which will see local and International street artists painting public murals in some of the country’s most remote and unexpected places. We believe that taking Afuera to areas usually far removed from the world of contemporary street art will not only have a positive impact on these communities but will also immerse the artists in environments which they would not normally have access to and will expose them to experiences which will feed the creative process.

July 2012 will mark the first edition of AFUERA which will be held in the remote mining community, Cerro de Pasco high in the Peruvian Andes. We believe that this is the ideal location to launch the project as it has a unique urban/industrial landscape and is a powerful example of the complex environmental and social problems faced by modern mining communities.

So far AFUERA has secured the participation of international artists such as Escif from Spain, Bastardilla from Colombia and Decertor & Ninja from Peru.

This pledge aims to collect the funds we need to cover the costs of food, lodging and transportation for the visiting artists while they are in Cerro de Pasco. Because of the sensitive nature of the issues faced by Cerro de Pasco it has proven difficult to secure the backing of private businesses and public entities, so AFUERA is relying on the support of private funds and donations from people like you. Please help us to achieve our goal of taking art to those who most lack it.

We have a great selection of rewards including signed limited addition prints by our participating artists.

Afuera 2012

The first edition of Afuera, slated for July 2012, will be held in Cerro de Pasco; a small mining community high in the Central Andes. Cerro de Pasco’s long, and turbulent history as a mining town, makes it the ideal location for us to launch the project. The effects of industrial-scale modern mining on communities in the developing world are nowhere more obvious than in Cerro de Pasco. Originally a small and sustainable mining community for the Inka empire, the town experienced rapid growth and unprecedented wealth during the colonial era, but is now plagued by environmental and social issues caused by current mining operations. In order to expand the vast open pit from which the deposits of minerals are extracted, each year entire neighbourhoods in the town are demolished and their residents forced to relocate. Aside from the complex social repercussions of this process, Cerro de Pasco has suffered an irredeemable cultural and historic loss. Only a tiny portion of the once affluent and culturally significant section of the old colonial centre remains, perched precariously at the edge of the pit. Simultaneous to the encroaching open pit,  the waste from the mine is deposited on large mounds which continuously seeps poisonous contaminants into the local aquifer and atmosphere of the town.

Cerro de Pasco for the Artist

Cerro de Pasco has two main qualities which make it a perfect location for Afuera. 

1.  The complex and troubling social issues which characterise the area and the community.  While it is easy to criticise the damaging ramifications of mining activiites, Cerro de Pasco serves as a kind of analogy for the uneasy relationship that exists between the  profound social and environmental implications of the mining industry and the modern world’s reliance on the products of that same industry. This complex relationship of reliance and ruin is evident in every facet of society in Cerro de Pasco. Our hope is that by giving the invited artists the unique opportunity to experience first hand this paradox of modern life, we may activate new conversations and new works which engage with these issues from the ground up. 

2. There is a surplus of walls which will serve as ideal canvases for new work. Cerro de Pasco’s long and turbulent past, which has seen periods of rapid growth and decline, has resulted in a built environment of incredible variety, with a mix of industrial and residentialconstructions dating back to early colonial times. Beyond the architectural styles, the buildings themselves have richly textured surfaces which tell their own stories of Cerro de Pasco’s changing fortunes. These surfaces,coupled with the dramatic backdrop of the town itself and the surrounding mountains, are important elements of the context in which the murals will be seen.

The Artists For Cerro de Pasco

While the problems faced by the residents of Cerro de Pasco are of a gravity and complexity far beyond our means to resolve, we strongly believe that AFUERA will have a profound impact on the community.

Despite Cerro de Pasco being one of the most important mining centers in Peru it has seen few economic benefits since the advent of open pit mining. Whereas in the past a large portion of the wealth generated by mining remained in the town, earning it the title “Royal City of Mines” and making it an important cultural and economic colonial outpost, the last 100 years has seen significant deterioration of living standards and left it isolated from the rest of the country. One of the unfortunate results of this trend has been the gradual demise of cultural activities in the town and, where Cerro de Pasco was once host to grand theatres and had an important creative presence, there is now little  public infrastructure or support for the arts. By holding AFUERA in Cerro de Pasco we hope to bring it back in to the public eye, create a meaningful dialogue with the community,  and revitalise the urban landscape.

Events such as Nuart in Norway and Fame Festival in Italy have shown that it is possible to successfully take street art away from urban centers to less cosmopolitan areas, and personal projects such as El Tonos ‘Proyecto Barios’ and JR’s ‘Women Are Heroes’ have shown that street art can engage and revitalise marginalized communities. AFUERA hopes to draw on these past successes and apply them to Cerro de Pasco. 

Who, When and How

AFUERA is the brainchild of the independant artist run gallery, MORBO, in Lima, Peru. AFUERA will be funded in part by MORBO, but will also rely on private donations and the support of the Municipality of Cerro de Pasco.

AFUERA will take place in early July of 2012 and the invited artists will spend a week living and working in Cerro de Pasco while they execute their murals. The event will culminate with an exhibition of photographs of the event and works by the artists in Lima. 

So far we have confirmed the Participation of 10 amazing artists but have a long list of proposals from artists who are keen to take part in AFUERA. How manny artists we can host will depend largely on the success of this pledge.

Participating artists will be provided with full board and lodging during their stay as well as all materials and tools needed for their work.

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