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An area formerly dominated by drug traffic, the Nossa Senhora de Fátima Street, known as Barranco Street, at Borel neighborhood, which went through the pacification process in 2010, became a charming neighborhood: Boreart. Since 2013, youth living in the area such as Fred Castilho, Kauã Gonçalves, Marcio Correia, Leandro Araújo and Leonardo Ferreira began the innovative project, in which they curate exhibitions of renowned artists in houses of local residents as well as street art interventions at walls of alleys. 

With the support of R$ 10 thousand from the Agência de Redes para Juventude (Youth Network Agency), created by Marcus Vinicius Faustini, to make the project come true, youth of Borel decided to give color to the region which was stigmatized by violence and marked by bullet holes. "The choice for Barranco Street as the place for Boreart was intentional", says 28 year-old Fred. "We wanted to make our meetings in a different place".

The first exhibition had an invited curator, Marcus Lontra, and the partnership of the Museu de Arte Moderna - MAM (Modern Art Museum), through Luiz Camillo Osório, who donated six photographs from the series "Descompressão... 1973...descompressão", by Portuguese-Brazilian artist Artur Barrio, for the first exhibition. The work "Chuva", by multimedia collective Chelpa Ferro, completed the artists circuit, which took place in four local houses who never have visited a museum.  

At the second phase of the project, Boreart hosted the exhibition "Andareiro", by Pernambuco State native artist André Soares Monteiro, who turns banners and closet doors into artworks. 

Luiz Augusto, who hosted two panels in his house as well as two paintings in tribute to Northeastern Region culture, felt privileged to host the artwork. "I grew attached to the work and wanted them to have stayed longer", says the local.

A Boreart feature, street art calls the attention of those who are near Barranco Street. Street artists such as Marcelo Eco, Mario Bentes, Trop, VTR TJK and Coletivo Gráfico left their marks at Borel. The project also offers free workshops with artists for local residents. Boreart's members plans are to paint Curbs and poles with paint and spray. Stairs should also be covered in ceramic mosaic. "We wanted to make a Selarón staircase at Borel", says Fred, who wants to study Art History at a university. 

Visits to the art gallery at Boreal should be scheduled by phone or through the project's Facebook page.  

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Address: Morro do Borel, Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (21) 99654-1496

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