A little note from the Mass Cultural Council Community Initiative:

"Next time you’re in Boston’s Downtown Crossing area, check out this great collaboration between Boston Literary District and the Downtown Boston BID; at the alleyway connecting Winter Street and Temple Place.
It only fits one person at a time and runs for about 40 feet. Inside are bands of color evoking Sol Lewitt with three areas of text w/ excerpts of writings by Margaret FullerEdward Bellamy Memorial Association, and Eddie Maisonet.
Really beautiful pit stop when walking and exploring the City.
Armor Dress
 
The Armor Dress materializes a soft armor to protect delicate bodies and complex ideas. In times where the political theater is used to crush our sense of freedom of choice towards our bodies and affections, the armor dress offers shelter in love.
 
When one slips into a state of mind softened by love and caring, it becomes easier to welcome empathy and fraternity. Love has many manifestations, and we can begin our approach through the definitions established the ancient Greek, Eros/Romantic, Philia/Platonic, Storge/Friendly, Agape/Devine, Xenia/Guest, which still resonate and ripple in our thoughts to this day. The ideas around love are continuously evolving and being expanded upon today, offering an increasing complexity to its manifestations.
 
The Armor Dress is a reminder that when a positive mind-set of wonder, persistence, self-caring, and unconditional love is attained, we become stronger and more capable of affecting change.
 
Nick Cave's Joy Parade

It was a pleasure to participate in this feast of colors with the piece Exercise in Collective Ballance. We played, we danced and we indulged in escorting Nick Cave's monumental inflatables through the streets of Boston. 
These interactive sculptures will change as they are manipulated, and will look different every time they are returned to a stationary position. Viewers are invited to interact with the Embracers sculptures. The embracers were first shown at a pop up exhibition inspired by A R E A Gallery’s director, David Guerra and I's missing our respective home countries and cultures. Brazil, the country I grew up in, has been going through a worsening political crisis, in many ways similar to the one in North America. To better understand these sculptures, it is important to mention Carnaval, perhaps the largest countrywide Brazilian cultural manifestation, and a collective state of trance. It is a moment of softening the boundaries of self, where collective catharsis is experienced and embraced. It is a time to celebrate, not any particular achievement or success, but perhaps the very simple/complex fact of existence. It is also a time of fierce political critique and satire. The acts of hugging and loving, caring and standing together become themselves political acts of defiance. That is how the Embracers came to be - an attempt to manifest even the smallest flicker of the collective catharsis that is Carnaval.
 
Brazilian Culture, with all its contradictions and challenges, stands strong in sweet glittery bliss. 

​In our adult lives it seems like we do not get to experience playfulness enough, especially in these stressful times we currently live in, where bad news seem to be the norm. It is incredibly satisfying to briefly create spaces of transgressive enjoyment, and I daresay Temporary Autonomous Zones. Moments for coming together and not only enjoying art, but also each other's
company and shelter.
 
As the poet Ferreira Gullar would say "Distraídos Venceremos" (Distracted we shall triumph).