A European cultural invasion just hitted the heart of Brexit Britain as the very first UK edition of Festival Iminente opened at London’s Old Truman Brewery. A two-day festival of explosive and experimental Portuguese art and music, Festival Iminente bringing the soul of Lisbon to the heart of London, following its successful debut in the Oeiras region of Lisbon in September 2016.
Curated by Portuguese artist Vhils and Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery, Festival Iminente not only offered Brits mourning Brexit a chance to immerse themselves in the most innovative new music and art from Portugal but also enlisted some of Europe’s most creatively exciting artists to invade the capital with their best work. The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London overflowed with art from a line-up of Europe’s hottest visual artists, creating immersive and in some cases, political pieces tackling the state of Europe and the current human condition.
±MaisMenos± (PT), Add Fuel (PT), AkaCorleone (PT), André da Loba (PT), Ben Eine (UK), Bordalo II (PT), Conor Harrington (IRL), Draw & Contra (PT), Halfstudio (PT), Mar (PT), PixelPancho (IT), Sickboy (UK), The Caver (PT), Vhils (PT), Wasted Rita (PT)
Summing up the project, Vhils states: “Festival Iminente is a celebration of a genre of art and music that is capable breaking down walls, barriers and borders and bringing together people from different cultures who share a love for art, ideas, and the will to continue the concept of a real European community. This festival embodies the spirit of creativity, resistance and cooperation that this alternative European community represents in the face of Brexit and the growing tide of intolerance and sectarianism sweeping over Europe.”
Starting at a very young age painting trains and walls in his hometown of Seixal in Portugal Vhils then moved to London to study Fine Arts in Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. Soon Vhils starts experimenting with new mediums and infusing his work with a strong message.
No wonder why Vhils picked London as the 2nd edition for this Festival. The work presented here shows the very first portrait the artist completed in the city and if you look closer you can see the London map in the background.
Festival Iminente combines the best new music with new art in an experience of intense collective intimacy, with food trucks and a bar that only accepts Euros.
±MAISMENOS±, is an intervention art project by Portuguese artist Miguel Januário which offers a critical reflection on the model of political, social and economic organization that manages contemporary urban societies. Viral, direct and incisive, ±MAISMENOS± aims to raise awareness and bring some long awaited changes to the world in which we live. For the Festival ±MAISMENOS± presented bold statements and installation following the Brexit.
In conjunction with The Festival the audience were invited to check out the work showcasing the works of the participating artists at he Underdogs Pop-up Art Store near to the venue.
Our friend Add Fuel presentel ‘Remeber your roots’. During the middle ages, the common practice of tile design in England included the representation of figurative and geometrical tile designs, floral and foliate and animals, both real and mythical. In the 19th century, Britain pioneered mass-produced tiles, emphasising the importance of color and composition over thematic and artwork.
Two forgotten styles and techniques I felt the need to explore and combine in this wall in The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.
Wasted Rita is a Graphic designer and illustrator based in Lisbon born with a natural tendency to provoke, using sarcasm as a weapon and the power of full-time thinking to write about the most common things of all possible things: life and human beings, the inbetweeners, and the all arounders.
Creator and responsible for the blog ‘Rita Bored’, that achieved a huge internet visibility for its sense of humor and honest hand lettered statements. Her work has been featured in countless art & graphic design websites, several magazines and a few books, and exhibited worldwide ever since.