Back to amazing #Valparaiso ‘la ciudad pintada’ or ‘la ciudad de murales’ (the painted city or city of murals) for some more great street art. The previous post on Valparaiso art featured some of Valpo’s agit prop and more social … Continue reading →
The historic port city of #Valparaiso on Chile’s central coast is called by some the ‘la ciudad pintada’ or ‘la ciudad de murales’ (painted city or city of murals), and for good reason – never before had we seen such … Continue reading →
A friendly middle-aged Chilean told us in #LaSerena (Chile – central coastal area), that when the US & UK backed military coup in Chile occurred on 11th September 1973, afterwards the dictatorship of General Pinochet “turned off the art”. All art & political slogans were cleared from walls across the country (and ‘art’ generally was repressed), and so it stayed for many years. Since the end of the dictatorship in 1990, from what we can see Chileans have been making up for lost time! Street art & painting remains technically illegal unless you have the permission of the ‘wall owner’, but given the number of individuals & small groups we’ve seen busy in the streets then it’s a law that’s about as ineffective as, say, the law banning cannabis in the UK. (See pics gallery below). Continue reading →
Since arriving in #Chile from #Bolivia three weeks ago we’ve been struck by the enormous amount of high quality, detailed, #streetart, and in particular large murals covering entire walls. We’d been impressed by the many fine works of street art … Continue reading →
Time in #Cochabamba Bolivia is flying by, a shame as this is a fine place to visit! Once again in our wanderings around we have come across some fine street art murals, exhibiting real artistic skill, often with some social … Continue reading →
Once again in #Bolivia we´re coming across some excellent street art here in #Cochambamba (murals to follow!), but we´ve noticed here more interventions of a feminist nature. For sure many murals feature indigenous women & culture, but here we´ve seen some more direct artwork on womens´ issues, as well as a focus on a key Bolivian feminist activist & local woman Adela Zumiado ´Soledad´ who died back in 1928. We´ve also seen, probably for the first time – in socially conservative, catholic dominated, patriarchical Peru & Bolivia – some women breastfeeding in public places. There´s the sense here that women have gained a greater degree of equality, and not just in the equality laws passed by Govt. Good to see, but still a long way to go….(images below)… Continue reading →
This is the last set of images of murals from the streets of #LaPaz, Bolivia…because after 6+ weeks we´ve moved on again! These murals were snapped after our last visit to Ma Wawaki, the equine therapy centre, so are mainly taken in the Zona Sur (South zone), painted on walls around vacant plots of land.
As we said before, there is so much street art in La Paz, it´s impossible to document it all… but we´re sure we´ll find some more at our next stop. Enjoy! See pics below… Continue reading →