Mundano: Trash cart superheroes
Mundano - Graffiti artist + activist
Mundano's bold, colorful street art isn't just eye candy. His projects call attention to social, environmental and political issues, while raising chuckles from passersby. Full bio
all superpowers: invisibility.
materials for a living.
social inequality, unemployment,
waste collection system.
honest and essential work
But they are not acknowledged for it.
of all the waste that's actually recycled.
selling to junk yards at very low prices.
bicycles and carroças.
built from wood or metal
and political in nature.
and onto the carroças,
giving voice to the catadores.
it became more appealing,
to the catadores
on the streets, on mass media and social.
and have not stopped working since.
carroças in many cities
and trips worldwide.
in their invisibility,
as the United States and Japan.
to have more people join the cause
movement called Pimp My Carroça --
a large crowdfunded event.
professionals and healthcare,
hair stylists, massage therapists
gloves, raincoats and eyeglasses
by our incredible volunteers.
amazing mobile art exhibition.
of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba.
including outside of Brazil,
which is inspired by TEDx,
crowdfunded edition of Pimp My Carroça.
800 volunteers and 200 street artists
Pimp My Carroça movement,
in teaching recycling at a local school.
respected and valued.
they are able to fight back to prejudice,
their interaction with society.
to start looking at and acknowledging
invisible superheroes from your city.
without boundaries or frontiers.
of our society.
About the speaker:Mundano - Graffiti artist + activist
Mundano's bold, colorful street art isn't just eye candy. His projects call attention to social, environmental and political issues, while raising chuckles from passersby.
Why you should listen
Mundano is a Brazilian street artist and activist whose work makes people stop and think about the issues swirling around them everyday. In 2007, he began using his graffiti skills to paint "carroças," the wooden and metal carts used by the trash collectors throughout Brazil who haul off junk and recyclables. He painted 200 carroças and in the process made these invisible superheroes visible—not only in the streets, but also in the media. The effort led to "Pimp My Carroça," which made this initiative do-it-yourself, crowdfunded and global. It has brought in 170 trash collectors in cities around the world, teaming them up with 200 street artists and 800 volunteers. It is quickly becoming a movement.
At home in Brazil, Mundano works on other projects too. Since 2008, he has used the posters and banners that plaster Brazilian cities during elections to create thought-provoking art. For the election in 2014, he turned these enormous plastic banners into a giant voting booth filled with waste in a square in Rio de Janeiro. "I use these ads to get people to reflect on the corrupted political system. On all the false promises, and all the awful waste," he explains.
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