Bel Borba Aqui | Chicago Reader

Bel Borba Aqui

95 minutes 2012

Prolific street artist Bel Borba is the subject of this likable but unremarkable documentary by directors Burt Sun and Andre Costantini. As the self-appointed “People’s Picasso,” Borba creates elaborate public installations—mostly mosaics and sculptures—intended to celebrate the Brazilian city of Salvador and its inhabitants. Borba repeatedly refers to Salvador as a living entity, comparing its marketplace to an intestinal track and its city center to reproductive organs, but this intriguing idea goes unexplored in his work; he mostly treats the city as a canvas. Equally indifferent are the filmmakers, who don't explore Salvador or the lives of the people Borba supposedly represents—settling for a mere character study as opposed to a civic symphony. In English and subtitled Portuguese.

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