STREET HEROINES

Broadcast on International Women's Day, March 8th 2019 on Bronxnet TV, Optimum 68 / FiOS 34.

San Juan, Puerto Rico November 2013- Vero Rivera is an emerging artist who covers the concrete walls of San Juan with delicate imagery of foliage native to Puerto Rico. When I met Vero, she had just come back from a trip to Japan and when she told me, in my mind it made perfect sense that she would travel to a country with a strong artistic culture of calligraphy and delicateness. Her work is full of such influence.

Over the course of my stay, she invited me to document her artistic process of painting murals and making paper cutouts to put up around the city. One sunny afternoon I met Vero at her home studio in the hills of Carolina, right on the edge of the rainforest (Ah ha, no wonder she has a thing for leaves ). She was preparing a paper cutout to wheat paste up between an overpass of a local highway. It would be the first one she'd ever done one in her own neighborhood. And was definitely uncommissioned.

I also hung with Vero while she painted a mural in participation with a local art festival in the Barrio Obrero neighborhood of San Juan. It was interesting to observe how she translates the same representation of nature from her cutouts, to murals using only paint and brush. Both approaches maintain a methodical application and brilliantly capture nature's own reflection through each space where she chooses to work.

Here we speak about her work, her inspirations and why she chooses the street to show off her art. Also, if you listen closely to the interview, you'll hear Kiki, the neighbor's parrot, contributing to the conversation. Oh the island of enchantment! Me encanta!

This is the fifth vignette in a documentary series dedicated to women street artists creating in North and South America.

Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.
alexandrahenry.com

For more on Vero Rivera, visit her page:
facebook.com/veroriverastudio

Special thanks to:
Sarika Angulo
Juan Carlos Ovies

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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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