Works created by Celso Gitahy during his 2009 Melbourne residency will be auctioned at Fad Gallery on Friday April 23 to coincide with the celebration of the Brazilian Tiradente national holiday.
Street Art ain't a crime in Brazil it's a prolific art form recognised for mobilising communities and making the streets a more colourful place. Gitahy hails from the creative hub of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a renowned pioneer of street art and avid arts educator. With over 20 years of prolific practice Gitahy is internationally recognised for his elaborate style of stencil making and transgressive works humanising urban architecture. Gitahy has shown his work at major galleries, museums and cultural centres throughout South America, Europe and Australia.
Celso Gitahy has kindly agreed to donate 20% of auction proceeds to NGO learning centre, Ação Educativa (Educative Action) Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ação Educativa is a learning centre founded in 1994 with the mission to promote human rights, education and youth with a view to social justice, participatory democracy and sustainable development in Brazil. Ação Educativa's arts hub run graffiti workshops for youth and juveniles in detention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Fad Gallery will also be screening Nicholas Hansen’s short documentary '10 minuts' a time lapse odyssey of three days in the studio, a making of Gitahy's 2009 show.
For those interested in a bit of history... Tiradente (1746–1792) was a leading member of the Brazilian revolutionary movement who was publicly hanged but Tiradentes martyrdom made him a national hero of Brazil and April 21st is Tiradentes Day, celebrated with a national holiday and a week of festivities
Fad Gallery, 14 Corrs Lane Melbourne
Charity Auction Night: Friday 23 April, 6.30pm onwards
Preview: Tuesday 20 April 20 - Friday 23 April, 2pm - 1am.
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