Street Art: South- bank

In fitting with our Mexican and market culture, at each Wahaca you can expect to see site specific commissions focusing on street and environmental art by the most exciting artists of the moment.

Street Artists: Daniel Melim, Saner and Remed
The Wahaca Southbank Experiment has always been a space we’ve used to challenge ourselves to be innovative, not just in the kitchen, but also with the artists we work with. It is a space that we aim to reinvent every 6 – 12 months with fresh looks from new street artists from around the world.  The latest work was applied by Daniel Melim.

Daniel Melim is an artist based in São Bernardo do Campo in the south of São Paulo.

He principally uses stencils to create his colourful work, which he applies in a highly original way – by accentuating imperfections such as paint drips or using the same mask twice giving the idea of a printing error. In this way his work is a build up of textural and collagic layers.

In Melim’s artwork and outlook there is a component of social activism. As the son of a teacher, his own fine art education led him to become an art teacher himself for four years. In 2006 he was drawn to volunteer and community work, setting up art workshops for community teens in the Ferrazopolis slum. This work continues and has resulted in huge site-specific projects. Melim’s studio-based paintings and installations have been exhibited at MASP and Afro-Brasil Museum, both in São Paulo as well the Valencia Biennale in Spain. His workshop project Casa da Cultura continues and is funded by artist’s volunteering and sponsorship including some donations from the UK based ABC Trust.

Melim’s work created for Wahaca’s outside spaces was in response the Southbank’s Festival of Neighbourhood season. In his words “My idea wass to create different pictorial planes through the vertical bands, composing distinct colours side by side, as part of the work, creating a contrast and yet a harmony between the different parts, along with the Latin culture of the communities and all the richness of colours and textures inspired by this culture.”

As part of his work, Daniel left pieces from our original Southbank street artists, Remed and Saner untouched so that the site builds up its own artistic history. We’re looking forward to seeing its next incarnation.