“Free Lolita” by Clandestinos in Wynwood, Miami


Clandestinos are artistic and life partners: Elisa Monreal known as Shalak Attack, Canadian born with Chilean roots and Bruno Revitte also known as Smoke, from Brazil, realise huge and astonish murals around the world. Their art is influenced by their Latin American heritage and features high-detailed and colourful narrative made by natural elements, portraits and symbols. Both of them are interest in working in forgotten and precarious areas and, if Smoke investigates the “hidden” elements that govern our society, Shalak’s work is more connected to the animal spirit that involves humans too. Their different approaches are unified by a language that blends real and imaginary world. In this way, we get access to a surreal and exotic universe that recalls, in some way, to the traditions of South American culture and expression. It’s an intricate style, where it’s not possible to recognise the artist’s hand and, where the explosion of colours and symbology generates a strong impact on the viewer. Indigenous characters immersed in lush tropical landscapes where wild animals peeping out surrounded by meaningful emblems are the visual part of a message that wants to talk about consumerism power, social injustices and environmental issues. In Wynwood, Clandestinos painted a gigantic mural called “Free Lolita” on the wall of the building owned by the mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levin who supports Lolita’s release from Miami Seaquarium. It’s a tribute to Lolita the orca, the last survivor of the largest capture of wild orcas happened in 1970, where seven specimen where sold to marine parks. She called the attention from anti-captivity activists because of the inadequate conditions of living. Clandestinos features the orca surrounded by fishes, boats and nature reminding to her native habitat. But it is also showed a kind of x-ray of her stomach, where three people sitting around the fire are imprisoned referring to her current condition.


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