Thursday, September 3, 2009

Street Art de Chile

In South America, Sao Paolo is considered the epicenter for graffiti and street art. But, I'm proud to say that Santiago isn't far behind.
Two years ago I went to visit and was able to hang out in Barrio Bellavista, which is known for being the bohemian party neighborhood. But I also found here a place rich in vibrant grafitti and artwork. Graffiti and stencil art is present all over Santiago, but in this borough there's a large concentration as virtually every house serves as a canvas.
While the muralist brigades in Chile don't have a set aesthetic, political fires fuel their inspiration. I suppose that is part of graffiti, being a reactionary form of art. A way of protesting in a peaceful manner.
Big issues that are seen in the mural art in Chile are the countries divide in relation to Pinochet-Allende, our September 11th coup, globalization, rebelling against authority and social norms, the marginalized people's neverending struggle against poverty, among so many other social issues that affect the country.
These are some of the pictures of the street art I took.

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