Which experiences make you who you are – and how do you reflect all that to the world? From this line of questioning, Meio-Fio was born.
In yet another demonstration of its commitment to the art world, Melissa releases another new project in Brazil. It unveils the creative scene of São Paulo, revealing 9 creators that live in the metropolis and draw their inspiration from it. In Meio-Fio we call them Refletores ("Reflectors" in Brazilian portuguese), pupils of nine other recognized names in the São Paulo cultural center – our Conectores ("Conectors" in Brazilian portuguese), the professionals behind projects and artistic expressions of the city.
They're people who are mapped by the centers, outskirts, and bubbles of the capital. They represent all the diversity that art demands – in which Melissa believes.
For three months, meiofio.cc will present these nine faces. Their works, lives, inspirations, friends, family. All registered there in a type of creative "dissection". The result is a never before seen expo with Melissa's support: at the end of the 3 months, meiofio.cc will open an online poll and the public will chose the three Refletores who will participate.
Who they are:
Alexandre Heberte: Creates artwork with wefts, oftentimes using non-conventional techniques and materials.
Aline Tima: Develops research that relates fashion and performance. She's part of the VOODOOHOP cultural events collective and creator of TRICOMA brand.
Apolinário: Is a stylist, designer, journalist, cultural agitator between Rio and SP, and photographer for the I Hate Flash collective. Also owner of the brand "Cemfreio".
Daniella Tinório: Stylist who created the brand Dmamacita.
Estileras: Project conceived by the performing duo Ricardo Boni and Brendon Xavier, the experimental brand searches for a new relation of jeans to the body.
MC Linn da Quebrada: "Queer, trans, black and an outsider. Neither actor nor actress: actors. Dancer, performer, and gender terrorist".
Pistache Ganache: Ateliê of object designers André Romitelli and Martina Brusius.
Tasha e Tracie Orereke: Twins, they manage a series of events and artistic collaborations with a focus on black women and outsiders. They call the movement "Expensive $hit”.
Zé Vicente: Visual artist and art teacher, recognized for his work with foot collages.
Bia Bittencourt: Artist, creator and curator of Feira Plana, the largest printed art fair in the country.
Chantal Sordi: Fashion journalist, editor of Elle Brazil.
Duda Porto de Souza: Journalist and creator of the first multi-lingual children's library.
Eduardo Costa: Owner of the thrift store Replay.
Glamour Garcia: Theatre artist and performer.
Gustavo Silvestre: Stylist who works with sustainable fashion.
Mayara Efe: Plus size model, black, and feminist who titles herself an "activist for body positivism".
Nátaly Neri: Youtuber, activist, and fashion enthusiast.
Verena Smit: Photographer and visual artist, her work mixes micro-poetry and images.