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Manual Colourido is a truly collaborative work-of-art, proposing an entire new dimension to a creative project. By stimulating observation, collaborative experimentation Manual Colourido enables creativity through innovative uses of technology. Bringing together digital photography as a tool and excuse to literally ‘focus’ through the lenses topics of significance, image manipulation and juxtaposition to re-create visually and metaphorically the ‘bigger picture’ and painting as a traditional way to express, and feel a representation or an artificially created reality.

The project starts by each child, armed with a digital camera, taking pictures that communicate their realities and their communities. Using image manipulation techniques each picture was then combined with all the other children’s pictures to form a complete landscape that is relevant to their surroundings – based on reality (the actual pictures) but yet surreal (via the artist interpretation of the given images). Fabiane Lee-Perrella created these digital landscapes from all the individual photographs taken by the children. When each landscape was finally approved by the children it was divided by the number of children taking part on the project. Each child, following very simple guide lines, painted a single painting that corresponded to a fragment of the entire landscape. Finally when all paintings are assembled together the result is a visually striking collectively painted gigantic landscape. With 300 children taking part Manual Colourido gigantic landscapes are an assembly of 165 individual smaller paintings reaching 2 x 9 metres each.

A short film was also produced to contextualise the entire process and experience for the British public. This film is a poetic documentary that extracts key practical and emotive information to capture the sensibility of the exhibition’s visitors in the UK.

The book created by the flour’s team illustrates and reveal Manual Colourido’s entire process from conception to realization. It’s value lays not only in its relevance as an artistic document and a record of the practical and emotive aspects of an essentially collaborative art project from the artists and the children’s perspectives but also is a space for the many people involved in the project to express their thoughts, ideas and experiences on the delicate issue of the poorer Brazilian children. José Mauricio Bustani , the Brazilian Ambassador in Britain, wrote  the foreword for this book which is one of the elements of the Manual Colourido’s exhibition tour in the UK.


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The project’s underlying principle and aims include:

Promoting the use of the arts and technology as a mechanism for the children and young people to express the nature of their social reality and overcome their social marginalisation, exclusion and ‘invisibility’, giving them a voice.

Promoting self-esteem, technological and creative exposure and development amongst Brazilian street children and young people as well as those at risk.

Promoting and encouraging the children’s enquiring and expressive nature.

Encouraging the sharing of good practice, collaborative experimentation and discussion with those working with children.

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The profits of the sales will be given to Projeto Renascer and ISMEP (the two charities who’s children that took part in Manual Colourido in Brazil) and invested in a new social art projects starting in 2007.

You can also help Projeto Renascer and ISMEP through our friends at Action for Brazil’s Children Trust –  UK based charity that supports projects helping children in Brazil.

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