Thursday, August 11, 2011

Living Artists: Entes and Pesimo

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Entes or Pesimo? As part of our ongoing series profiling the street artists who have come to town for Living Walls, we came across a duo from Lima, Peru whose looping characters bring their hometown's chicha culture to life. The Living Walls rep who cornered them for us asked which of the two we'd like to hear from for the Culture Surfing interview — well, both, of course.

Because why split hairs? Entes and Pesimo, members of the 93 Crew, have been painting together for nine years. They rarely get up solo. (Maybe you can catch them, on dark nights, tagging the neighborhood.) Their tandem pieces are dope: Tableaus of city characters, curled up with knowing black cats, skin luminous with bright neon colors.

As of this week, Atlanta has its very own Entes-Pesimo pieces. At the Goat Farm, two boarded up doors feature the duo's signature portraits with raised eyebrows and a steady, level-chinned gaze. It's feels like the figures have staked out their space on the wall whether you like it or not. Really, the same could be said of Entes and Pesimo.

The duos recently completed Living Walls piece at the Goat Farm
  • Courtesy Entes and Pesimo
  • The duo's recently completed Living Walls piece at the Goat Farm

The pair answered our interview questions together. Here's what they said. (Well actually they said it in Peruvian Spanish and we translated.)

How did you hear about Living Walls? Why'd you want to be a part of the festival?
E&P: We were about to go to last year's — we found it through the Internet and we were instantly interested. We like the idea of representing our culture through painting, it's a little bit like what we do in our city of Lima. It seemed important to us to go to places like Atlanta to talk about who we are.

When did you arrive in Atlanta? What have you been up to so far?
E&P: We got here on Saturday morning and from that day on we've been watching what's going on with the event and painting the spaces that Living Walls laid out for us.

Tell me something about the state of street art in Peru. What's it like to paint there?
E&P: Peru is starting to have a [street art] identity, thanks in part to chicha culture. The identity of the graffiti is influenced by different socioeconomic cultures of the cities where it exists. Painting in Peru is easier in certain districts and cities.

What are some of the influences visible in your works? Do they deal with specific themes?
E&P: The influence of chicha posters, the diversity of culture, the mix that is there in Peru. We speak about an acceptance of people of Afro descent and about the problems and revindication of them.

What's your goal with your street art?
E&P: To give it our all, all of our strength.

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