Thursday, September 10, 2009

Graffiti Mundo

We went on a tour with Graffiti Mundo. We walked around Buenos Aires, hearing the stories behind the art and learning about the artists behind the amazing graffiti murals.

The cops (and homeowners/downtown associations?) pretty much turn a blind eye to enforcing any law that might exist against graffiti art.

Our guide, Marina, was like an urban anthropologist who had been studying and interviewing graffiti artists to learn more about their world of expression and to share what she learned with the public.

The white, ghost-like paintings below are the kerchief-headed symbol of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a very active group of mothers and grandmothers of those abducted during the Dirty War. More about them here.

I like this jungle/elephant theme; the leaf stencils surrounding the elephant were made using real leaves off a nearby tree. I also like the dog just chillin' on a mattress.

More jungle animals and a demonic giraffe/goat/rat?

This realistic stencil of a girl's face was mesmerizing.

I saw these apartments during the tour -- they were made from converted industrial silos. Pretty cool!


Stephanie J. Robertson said...

ohhh i love the second picture with the whale and the one with the elephant and the black and white - TVs and stereos...etc.


mashepherd said...

I love your blog, and this post in particular. My husband starts A-100 on Monday, and hopefully we'll end up in a place that has graffiti tours too - what a great way to explore a city! Thanks for sharing.