Today marks the first game of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, where host country Brazil goes head to head with Croatia. The wild anticipation and celebratory mood of all the fans roaring in the stadium and television screens helps us forget the context of where it all takes place. While crowds of tourists pour into Brazil, the local street artists of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro went to work determined to speak up for the forgotten and downtrodden in their cities. Over 10,000 people have been forced to leave their homes for stadium construction and thousands are still homeless. These walls reminds us once more, the raw power of political messaging through art and how even small gestures can incite deep struggles hidden from view.
Above mural painted by Brazilian artist Paulo Ito last month. The artist was quoted in the Guardian: "It’s a good way to expose the country’s problems. If the government doesn’t want to expose these things it’s because they feel ashamed. If they feel ashamed by this they might take it more seriously – at least, that’s our intention.”
Photos via massappeal.com