Posted by Flavia Julius on 5th Sep 2018
This is a topic that has always bothered me: social inequality. Here in Australia, it´s no secret to anyone that Aboriginal people have much harder lives than others. It's also no secret why this happens, their existences having been so messed up for decades.
In Brazil, things are worse. Much worse...The five richest people there have a fortune as large as the income of half the Brazilian population (Brazil population: 208 million). Depending on your roots, life can be so much harder, or so much easier. These super richer got 13 per cent richer in 2017.
Very sad. Devastating, indeed. Of course black people are still the vast majority at the bottom of the pyramid, you don´t erase almost four centuries of slavery like that. It stands to reason that we should try hard to make lives more equal, but as I mentioned before the opposite has been happening.
I have been listening to a lot of Brazilian rap. Really powerful words, deep voices coming from individuals who grew up feeling in their skin all this hardship.
It´s true that I can´t fully relate to them. I had a reasonably privileged upbringing, I don´t really know what it is to remain hungry for days, not to have proper shelter. How desolating it must feel to be homeless, orphan, drug addicted, hopeless and so on. How sad it must feel to hear racist comments. To be forbidden to enter certain places because of the colour of your skin, or because you look "poor".
I haven´t felt all this first hand, but I feel it deep into my heart. Why, why, why? Nobody is better than anyone. I'm inspired by life stories, if I talk about it, maybe I can help.
And along these lines, I'm now painting these stories.
I'm working on the series "Roots" at the moment. My roots. Family. My Dad passed away last year and deeply affected my roots. I was so close to him, and very similar to him in many ways. Thanks to him, we grew up listening to music all the time. Nat King Cole was his favourite (and [...]
Naidoc Week has just finished, and it was ever so inspiring. I celebrate Aboriginal culture here in Australia, as well as Indigenous and African culture in Brazil. Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of our land, and Brazilian Indigenous people, the "Indios", are the traditional owners of Brazilian land. If here in Australia we [...]
Some of my artworks are on show at 4Dverse, as part of the St Kilda Art Crawl. If you happen to be in Melbourne, go and have a look, please! I haven´t seen it personally, however the photos look great!! :)
I haven´t written much lately, as I´ve been working on commissions. The piece I´m doing right now is a Brazilian flag, which will be completely full of dots. It´s a large canvas, therefore patience needed, that´s for sure, however I´m loving the process!! Listening to some very interesting documentaries while I paint, so absorbing a [...]
I'm back!! :) I was visiting my family in Brazil, back to Sydney and to work now. While in Sao Paulo, I was very pleased to receive an invitation to take part of the first edition of the St Kilda Latin Festival, which will hold the Latin American Art Exhibition in St Kilda. Thanks so much [...]
As I´ve mentioned before, we moved to Avalon six months ago. We´re loving it, and looking forward to experiencing for the first time the Avalon Beach Market Day, the largest community market day on the Northern Beaches. Sounds fantastic!! Sunday 19 November from 9am to 4pm. I´m also very excited to show my paintings to my [...]
I was in Sydney in year 2000 (this is before this city became home for me, 12 years ago), and remember one night ending up in Darling Harbour with a friend, totally by chance. There was this festival happening there, with Latin music, and I couldn´t believe my luck!! It was the first ever Ritmo [...]
We´ve just come back from a 30-day trip on a campervan through England, Wales and Scotland. I´ve always loved backbacking, however now with the three kids, plus my back being not as strong as before, a campervan seems to be the next big thing!The absolute highlight was the Scottish Highlands, I just loved how powerful, [...]
On a very happy note, my painting Bonfim was featured this month by Home Design Magazine, in their Artscape section.Even more exciting, editor Kate St James picked Bonfim as her favourite, featuring it as well in her editor's letter. Sometimes you really need something like this to lift you up!!! Thanks Kate and Home Design...Bonfim has [...]