Details: After the 1st edition held in 2011 and the following and numerous actions produced all over the country and also abroad, the WOOL – Covilhã Urban Art Festival, in this much-desired return to its origins, presented itself in a format of artistic residency, integrating a larger and more diverse range of activities, like murals, an exhibition, participatory action of Urban Art, lectures, talks, guided tours and film screenings. Between the 12th and 26th of October at WOOL ON RESIDENCE, we featured five of the most recognized Portuguese urban artists.
Tamara Alves was the lady in action at WOOL ON RESIDENCE. Her mural is named by an Allen Ginsberg poem called Wild Orphan. After discovering the city of Covilhã, her piece transformed itself into an ode and at the same time an awareness to the slow death of this heritage, the bobbin lace work (called in portuguese of 'renda de bilros') as one of them. "Don't let it become a myth." Her piece is both its death and its reborn at the same time :"...to create out of his own imagination the beauty of his wild forebears--a mythology he cannot inherit".
Biography: Tamara Alves (b. 1983) is a Portuguese artist, based in Lisbon who’s inspired by urban life. Making use of supports with multifaceted characteristics – from painting to illustration, from installation to urban art, Tamara is fascinated by “contextual” art, which is inserted in the world, ignoring conventional places such as museums or galleries, in order to present her works of art in the street or in public spaces. The work of Tamara Alves represents an erotic view of a contemporary body With the effects of its own limits expanded. Instead of a rational thinking there’s a rough passion, a body-without-organs, a becoming animal, the experienced
sensations, "starving histerical naked" (Allen Ginsberg). Since 2000 that she has been a part of several projects, group and solo exhibitions and street art interventions.