Re:Present - Calle Libre Festival 2021

In 2021 we addressed political illiberalism, social polarization, and security obsession. Amidst divisions, it's vital to examine our diverse past for unity.

Rise Up (2021-08) by HalfstudioCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Re:Present springs from present-day illiberalism, polarization, and security fixation with roots in colonialism, cultural appropriation, and memory suppression. Misrepresentations fuel divisions; it's time to reclaim the agency and history of the oppressed.

Zabor (2021-08) by IsakovCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Live Paintings

Artists showcased new interpretations of their socio-cultural realities and collective memories through public artworks. They aim to encourage dialogue, break down stereotypes, and challenge hegemonic imagery.

Totem Lovegate (2021-08) by Ghizlaine AgzenaiCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Break the chains of the past (2021-08) by Jumu MonsterCalle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics

Painted districts of Vienna

3    Landstraße
7    Neubau
9    Alsergrund
16  Ottakring
20  Brigittenau

Rise Up, Halfstudio, 2021-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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In their murals and urban art interventions, Half Studio's visual language is characterized by the use of three-dimensional letters, dynamic layouts, striking messages, and vibrant colors. They draw inspiration from the communities in which they work, ensuring that the messages they convey are relevant and impactful.

Zabor, Isakov, 2021-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Alexander Isakov creates art that combines architectural structures, filigree patterns, and vibrant colors. He draws inspiration from diverse building cultures throughout history and incorporates their details into his work, striving to create new abstract structures. By blending his influences, Isakov produces imaginative and utopian art that explores new forms and perspectives.

Eclipse, Said Dokins, 2021-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Said Dokins invites people to share their personal experiences of Vienna in a single word, which he then incorporates into his mural intervention. By doing so, he creates a collective definition of Vienna in his personal calligraphic style, showcasing the many voices and perspectives that make up our reality. In this way, Dokins highlights the power of art to create a more nuanced and inclusive understanding of our surroundings.

Break the chains of the past, Jumu Monster, 2021-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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The artwork portrays feminist post-colonial Latin America, showing a woman wearing a boat as a hat with a broken anchor, symbolizing her connection to nature and the past. It highlights the importance of recognizing women as active subjects in historiography and breaking free from patriarchy and colonialism. A condor represents the journey between life and death, while a plant represents growth and change.

Totem Lovegate, Ghizlaine Agzenai, 2021-08, From the collection of: Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics
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Ghizlaine created an artwork promoting harmony and connection among people. Using a wide range of complementary colors and symmetrical geometric shapes, the piece achieves perfect balance and positivity. Named "Totem LoveGate," it represents spreading a positive message of love, light, and unity.

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Calle Libre is a non-profit association dedicated to bringing street art and various forms of art into urban spaces. We encourage dialogue amongst the public and a variety of artists with the help of art interventions. In this process, we aim to freely express cultural perspectives, personal opinions and artistic approaches.


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