We Here, 2022
By ADD FUEL/@addfuel
“Layers on layers of Azulejo tiles in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. WE, HERE is a classical and pure Add Fuel piece, blue palette with hints of yellow, tile patterns. An ode to this enduring community, a celebration of Portuguese presence and culture in this ’home away from home’ that is Fall River.”
Around 46% of the population in Fall River is believed to be of Portuguese ancestry and the influence of Portuguese culture in the city is palpable and vibrant. So when I was invited by Beyond Walls to paint a mural in Fall River, my thought process was very straightforward; WE, HERE would be a classical and pure Add Fuel piece, blue palette with hints of yellow, tile patterns and layers on layers. An ode to this enduring community, a celebration of Portuguese presence and culture in this ’home away from home’ that is Fall River.
Part of Viva Murals, a FRACC and Viva Fall River project in partnership with the Beyond Walls Tour.
Photos by TostFilms.
Thank you to the 40+ individuals whose generous donations made this work possible. Thank you for your sponsorship Beyond Walls, BankFive Fund at the SouthCoast Community Foundation, SE Mass Visitors Bureau, Portugalia Marketplace, BayCoast Bank, St. Anne's Credit Union, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, Virtual Admin Solutions, and Fall River Public Schools.