“I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am” in Lisbon at Underdogs

Janice K. Johnson


Both the Portuguese Underdogs Gallery and the Spanish Ink and Movement (IAM) project have been building respectable artists rosters with a sense of intention – of current and former graffiti/street artists who have contemporary art aspirations for about a decade each. We’re lucky to have visited both locations in person and have high regard for the organizers and artists. Now they join together to present a selection of these confident artists who have been making names for themselves, perhaps as a generation that has defined itself uniquely, in all its many variations.

They’re calling it “I don’t wanna be, I am”. Since you have seen a majority of these artists on these BSA pages during our last 15 years, you probably already know that.

Elian Chali. “La Insoportable Cotidionidad del Ser”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)

“They are creators who combine their work outdoors, performing in public spaces through murals and large-format sculptures, alongside their work in the studio, where they produce their creative work through painting, sculpture, and the conception and development of artistic installations,” says the promotional material sent with the announcement.

These creative voices are certainly strongly original and many of these minds are focused on becoming masters. We’re pleased to see such a strong group, and are looking forward to the new exhibition as they traverse into new areas of the art world. Included artists are Elian Chali, Franco Fasoli, Martí Sawe, Misterpiro, Nano4814, Okuda San Miguel, Sabek, , Sixe Paredes and Spok Brillor

Franco Fasoli. “En la manana suena musica de vecino”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Misterpiro. Untitled. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Sabek. “Dog”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Okuda San Miguel. “The Rest of The Rainbow Muses”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Sawe. “Lampara del Pato Donald”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Sixe Paredes. “Paisaje Zoomorfo”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Spok Brillor. “Redondo1”. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)
Nano418. Underdogs Gallery/Ink and Movement. Lisbon, Portugal. (photo courtesy of Underdogs Gallery)

The group exhibition “I don’t wanna be. I am” curated by Ink And Movement, opens today at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal. Click HERE for more details.

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