Art and Revolution; The rise of revolutionary street art in Oaxaca “passing the written word to people in rebellion against injustice.”

I was going through my afternoon emails this afternoon when I found a link to this site. This looks like a good fit with what I’ve been writing about since 2011.

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For years, the walls of Oaxaca have been a canvas for expressions of social anger, now the revolutionary role of local artists is finally recognized.

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“Graffiti is revolutionary”, says Terrance Lindall, an artist from New York City, the birthplace of modern graffiti. “People who are oppressed or suppressed need an outlet, so they write on walls – it’s free.”

Mexico has a long history of revolutionary art. Especially well-known are the revolution-era muralists from the early 20th century, such as Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. These artists painted masterpieces in public spaces, aiming to create a “public and accessible visual dialogue with the Mexican people”.

Today, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, a new street art phenomenon has taken root. When walking around Oaxaca City, the quality of art that can be found in the streets is striking. More than just beautifying these spaces, many of the pieces provide pointed…

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