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Bibliography Films Literature Travel Websites. Street Art in Buenos Aires Street art began as simple political messages used to promote one candidate or another during the s. It became a popular way to promote political ideology during the 70s. However, under authoritarian dictatorships the street art in Santiago and Buenos Aires sharply decreased. Street art was seen as a subversive act and was therefore very dangerous. Artists quit signing their work to give themselves some anonymity.

Collectives formed to spread messages around the cities. Street art became a way for those without a voice to influence others. Especially in Santiago where the administration white washed the walls the moment a message was discovered Graffitimundo.

After the return to democracy graffiti in Buenos Aires exploded. The same was true in when Chile also returned to democracy. Most graffiti spoke out against the brutality of the regime. Buenos Aires experienced a large increase in street art following the economic collapse in They went out each night to paint the city with stenciled messages.

Stencils were replaced in popularity by murals after The artists started to create larger pieces with more colors and details. They used the streets as urban canvases to convey new messages and images. The gallery gives the artists the opportunity to display and sell their work on canvas.

The gallery is unique to those found in other cities because the artists do not have to hide their identity. The police in Buenos Aires do not pursue street artists as criminals or vandals.

Going to Buenos Aires? I highly recommend a tour with www. This piece of art was created by La Campora, a political graffiti collective. El Nestornauta was created in response to the death of Nestor Kirchner, former president of Argentina. El Eternauta was a comic that depicted an apocalyptic Buenos Aires. In the comic El Eternauta was a hero who led the resistance against an alien invasion. It was very critical of the oppressive military regime.

As a result the artist disappeared. A year later his four daughters also disappeared. They are presumed to have been murdered in a clandestine detention center. It does not take much imagination to determine why Nestor was cast as El Eternauta. He played a large role in delivering Argentina from economic colapse. It is also a fitting tribute to his political work in ending the impunity for crimes committed during the dirty war.

For many proponents of the Nunca Mas movement Nestor Kirchner was a hero. This particular piece was created by an artist who goes by the moniker Stencil Land. According to Graffitimundo, Stencil Land got his start with stencils whilst creating advertisements. He later decided to use the technique to create his own pieces of work. The piece to the left is seen all over Buenos Aires beneath large political slogans and campaign posters.

Stencil Land wants it to appear that the boy in the painting painted the messages and is now sitting down to contemplate their meaning. Most of Stencil Land's pieces incorporate manipulated images. One of his most common stencils seen in Buenos Aires is one of Michaelangelo's David sipping mate, the popular drink in Argentina.

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El Nestornauta

The one month anniversary of former president Nestor Kirchner's death was marked by hundreds of stencils appearing in every neighbourhood across the city. Osterheld began to take a narrative role within the comic strip, and El Eternauta became an allegory for contemporary Argentina, and openly critical of the military dictatorship. In Osterheld disappeared. A year later, his four daughters disappeared. Along with tens of thousands of Argentines who disappeared during the dirty war, they were abducted and murdered by the military junta. Casting Nestor Kirchner as El Eternauta is a clear tribute to his work as a politician and leader, and his role in bringing Argentina out of crisis.


Buenos Aires’ past, as told through street art





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