Flint’s Peace 

 

When I think of peace I think of the ocean or beach, it’s where I feel content and at ease. It’s my favorite place to be. When I look at the water I just want to sink in and be free the same way you used to be. I feel sorry for you, how does it feel not to be in the ocean anymore? 

Now you’re in a dirty river where all of our problems started

Everytime I meet someone new it’s always “Hey where are you from?” “I’m from Flint, what about you?” “oh… you’re from the place with the lead in the water?” They say. “Yes,”  I say. Is that all we’re  known for? The dirty water? Is that our label? Why do they only pay attention to the negative things? It’s the opposite of peace if you ask me. “I’m so sorry you have to suffer in that, ” they say. I’m sorry that’s all you’re known for. I’m sorry you have to suffer in that dirty water but we’re suffering too. I know how it feels to want to be released and to be back at peace. 

 

Written by Autumn Chittle

Binho Ribeiro has been doing graffiti since 1984, the beginning of the street art movement in Brazil. Today he is one of the most recognized street artists in the country not only for his consistent work that he never stopped doing on the streets, but also for his refined work on canvases and curation of major projects involving street art, such as the Open Museum of Urban Art of São Paulo (MAAU) , the first open museum of urban art in the world, and the International Graffiti Fine Art Biennial, today the most complete biennial of urban art in the world.

Fabio Luiz Santos Ribeiro (1971), aka Binho Ribeiro, is one of the precursors of street art in Brazil. Influenced by the more intense movement that came from the New York ghettos in the mid-1980s (especially among hip hop, skate and break groups), alongside friends from the São Paulo scene, Binho began to dig his space not only in Brazil, since early on he already used trips to South America to leave his mark on the walls. Since then, his technical improvement has been accompanied by professionalization. His works have gained space both on the streets and in galleries around the world. Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Turin, Rochester, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beirut, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Accra, among many other countries, in addition to practically all Brazilian states already were the scene of his work.

He created a cultural producer to structure and disseminate urban art in Brazil, develops personalized projects for companies like Johnnie Walker, Burn (Coca-Cola Company), P&G, Ford, Nestlé, in addition to partnerships with great international artists like Madonna