The talented, poetic, and always captivating, Hyuro, just finished painting a big wall on the streets of Fortaleza, Brazil. The artist was there painting her contribution for the Concerto Festival, an urban art festival in it’s second year. Hyuro not only created a beautiful piece, but a profound one, that touches on a large issue in not only Brazil, but Latin America at large – abortion. On her blog she writes:
“Abortion is completely forbidden in five countries in the world, four of them are in Latin America. Abortion is illegal in Brazil, it is a topic that is not usually spoken, yet it is the fourth cause of death for women. It is estimated that a Brazilian woman dies every two days victim of illegal abortion. One million abortions are performed annually. Since 1940 the Penal Brazilian Code established that abortions are illegal in Brazil except in two cases: If the pregnancy seriously endangers woman’s life or if is a rape’s consequence. Currently this last one is facing resistance from the evangelical community, as they consider it as a way to claim abortion. This wall questions the use of female body as an usurped territory by the state and its laws interference on a private matter that should be accepted as such and not penalized, turning it in a political debate subject in which women lose all rights and vote on their own body. It talks about the lack of respect for women who are considered irresponsible and incapable of making decisions based on their own moral values according to their specific circumstances.”
Big praise to this talented and compassionate artist! We always look forward to seeing new work from Hyuro, and this large social intervention is nothing less than masterful.