STREET HEROINES

In October 2014 Brazilian street artist Magrela traveled from São Paulo to New York for her first time. She painted six murals in two weeks leaving her signature orange female characters all across Brooklyn and Manhattan. Using boats and tears, she aimed to bring awareness to the catastrophic drought currently happening in her hometown of São Paulo.

Unlike typical first time visitors to New York City, Magrela chose to forgo the sightseeing route and dedicated her entire time to painting murals. She's a passionate artist who believes in sharing her work in the streets so that others might think differently about their day-to-day surroundings.

Those who were lucky enough to meet her during her 2-week stay were touched by her generosity and schooled in the differences and similarities of huge urban jungles like New York and São Paulo. A powerful cultural exchange was had by all.

I met Magrela two years ago while living in Brazil. We quickly formed a kinship through our passion for the visual arts and have remained close friends ever since. This is our second film together and I plan to continue documenting Magrela as her star emerges even brighter and she takes her message to new places.

~Alexandra

Check out more of Magrela's work here:
flickr.com/photos/magritcha/

Directed/Shot/Edited by Alexandra Henry
Music: Karla Conka

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STREET HEROINES

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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using…


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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using creativity to persevere social ignorance and find their own voices in the male-dominated world of graffiti and street art.

I began the project while living in São Paulo in 2011-2012 where the street art scene is overwhelming. My success in connecting with these artists comes from walking the streets of major cities and investigating by foot. My goal with this project, simply put, is to promote awareness about the flourishing global community of female street artists and encourage others to find their creative voice.

~Alexandra Henry / Director

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