Changing the face of walls

Brazilian photographer Raquel Brust returns once again to bring her project GIGANTO from Sao Paulo to London for the second time.

Brust’s style is simple but highly effective: she prints her pictures in a large format and then pastes them across walls, and you can be part of this fascinating process – helping, observing, and celebrating in this event over in Aldgate East.

The first GIGANTO project in London took place at the iconic spot, The Foundry, in Old Street. And this time you can come and catch her from 7pm at The Castle for art, drinks and music. If you dig the work of the likes of JR and Vhils then you’re no doubt going to enjoy this.

JD caught up with Raquel to see what her thoughts were on this return project…

Giganto was awarded by the Secretary of Culture of Sao Paulo and it was developed last year. We worked on 30 photos in São Paulo, choosing spots that explored the city’s architecture and urbanism.

I want very much to continue with these interventions because it’s great to get the public reaction and in London it was super cool. The Foundry really represents the history of alternative living and art in London, and the end of this building is also very symbolic.

The photo we put on The Foundry is of a lady from Brazil’s countryside, with deep wrinkles of sun and suffering. I can’t be sure how long [the photo we’ll put on The Castle] will last; everything is on the street is ephemeral. Maybe 3 months, a year, maybe more. Nobody knows how long the building is gonna be there either.

This is gonna be the first Giganto indoors, but I think it’s gonna be cool anyway, and very good to get together. Giant Giganto is a very collaborative project, and in London the photographer Bruno Figueiredo help me to catch all the action, also the organiser Caroline Pey and my dear friend and musician Carina Levitan. But everybody can help – one of the most important things of the project is this: friends working together.

And on comparisons to JR…

Yeah, JR is a great artist. Our work is similar because we use the same technique, but the meaning is quite different. There are other artists who use photo collage, there is a very good mood group call Mental Gassi (, and many other artist who utilise this tool.

I think it’s a kind of trend that is beginning to be explored worldwide. For me, each Giganto is a discovery and a challenge, and my research is also about new platforms for photography. So, these works are the beginning of an experience, and it will be great if you can come to The Castle and enjoy the project and have a beer with us! Raquel Brust

Photo by Bruno Figueiredo


Aug 19th, 7-11pm, Free
The Castle, 44 Commercial Road, E1 1LN

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