Tamara Djurovic the Argentine street artist also known as Hyuro has passed away at her home in Valencia. Painting across the globe her art was often a powerful outlet. In the UK she visited a few times. Notable murals still exist in Manchester and Aberdeen.
Her work on the street had a surrealist element to it. Filled with character the images she created told their own story. Often depicting women, Hyuro also embraced the landscape around her to frame these images. The buildings and environment themselves often playing a key role in the setting of her murals.
Style and Concept
It’s notable in much of her art that Hyuro also didn’t tend to show faces. The clothing her subjects wear could also be ambiguous. By not quite being able to place the person or the time portrayed it’s a level of uncertainty which prompted the viewer to question more. Speaking to Juxtapoz she said that “it keeps (the work) open to interpretation”.
Move into Street Art
It was a move to Europe which really prompted Hyuro to experiment with street art. Ostensibly travelling to finish her masters, she got to know artists such as Escif who introduced her to the form. Despite always having a passion for what she describes as the activist muralism movement in South America, it wasn’t yet something she had considered herself. The result was a different outlet and a change in approach. “When I started painting these walls, I didn’t know the possibilities or the opportunities that came with it” she told Juxtapoz. “The travel, the growth, and how it allowed me to share myself to the world”
Painting her first wall in 2010 she has since traveled far. “I try to create images that make us question the system in which we live” she said. Railing against the artificially curated, her work speaks to herself and her own experiences. Placing herself fully within the space at the time. Her street art is very much her own commentary on the matters she is trying to convey.
Storytelling and the Streets
Tamara Djurovic aka Hyuro is a storyteller as much as she is an artist. Living in Spain since around 2010 she has possibly her highest concentration number of murals there as well many more throughout Europe. Building up an impressive body of work these are all pieces with things to say. Stories hiding in plain sight amidst the subtle layers of paint.
Much of her body of work looks at social justice. A lot could be seen as a commentary on the role and treatment of women and the family within society. Powerful murals in South America for example address the role criminalisation of abortion plays in the premature death rate of women. A striking mural in Villareal meanwhile is a direct challenge against the Spanish justice system following a judges de-legitimisation of sexual assault.
Space and Community
Concepts too of space and community are explored across her work. How people occupy space and how they are seen and portrayed. Community in terms of societal norms and how culture and our upbringing can shape our lives and our societies. In the UK her work in Aberdeen plays on all these topics yet with an added political dimension. Showing two people squabbling but stuck in the same shirt. It is a play on the relationship between Scotland and England. Often co-dependent on one another but in many respects trying to tear apart.
Looking back on Hyuro’s murals over the years her use of movement and shadow too continue to draw us in. We are seeing snippets of real life in her work. Moments, set often in an abstract way yet fully identifiable. She was a remarkable artist. A hugely talented painter whose work on the street allowed her an amplified voice. Tamara and her work will be dearly missed. Her legacy as one of the foremost street artists of her generation will remain.
Hyuro Mural Gallery
Aalborg, Denmark (2019) – Keep it Green
Stavanger, Norway (2019)
Nou Scene Stavanger, Norway (2019)
Madrid, Spain – Advertise the non-advertising
Besancon, France (2019) – Occupy Spaces
Nihmegan, Netherlands (2019) – De Plak Collective Restaurant Mural
Sagunto, Spain (2018) – Education
Villareal, Spain (2018) – Patriarcado
Werchter, Belgium (2018) – The Dance as an Act of Resistence¨-
Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2018 – What Remains
Heerlen, Netherlands 2018
Cotignola, Italy 2018 – Arzdora
Reus, Spain (2018) – Womart Project
Aberdeen, Scotland (2018)
La Punta, Valencia, Spain (2018)
Cologne, Germany (2017) – Sharing
Oregan, USA (2017) – Reverse sequence of an act of destruction
Barcelona, Spain (2017) – Process of occupying a space
Cabanyal, Valencia, Spain (2017)
Oostende, Belgium 2017
Aalborg, Denmark (2016) – Transition
Corato, Italy (2016) – Abandonment
Ragusa, Sicily (2016) – Una donna libera
Fanzara, Spain (2016) – A la Fresca
Manchester, England (2016) – War Impact on Childrens Lives
Fortaleza, Brazil (2015) – Público/ Privada
Cardiff, Wales (2014) – Empty Walls Festival
Monterrey, México (2014)
Gaeta, Italy (2014) – Memorie Urbane Festival
Formia, Italy (2013) – Elimination of Violence Against Women
Video tribute to Hyuro (in Portuguese with subtitles)
Tamara Djurovic also known as Hyuro passed away at her home in Valencia on 19 November 2020. She had been diagnosed with leukemia.
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