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Murals, Meanings, Mexico

Street art is a key medium through which protest narratives are channelled and in Mexico, Colectivo Lapiztola has been at the creative forefront of a series of powerful works around Oaxaca and Tijuana:

Por Sabine Radonde at sabinemradonde

El pastelEl abrazo ausente

Roberto Vega and Rosario Martinez of Colectivo LaPiztola.

Roberto Vega and Rosario Martinez of Colectivo LaPiztola. Image via Avishay Artsy.

The grimness is overwhelming and the artistic skill is as entrancing as it is heartbreaking.

However, it touches upon a pesky question that has been blighting my work of late: should creative pieces always have a message? Do we seek to ascribe one? And are we guilty of dejection when the artist reveals that no, in fact it is just a rather fetching mural of a donkey wearing a cap?

The question will keep buzzing, but in the meantime, check out Lapiztola’s forthcoming exhibition in London, Democracia Real Ya!, here.

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This entry was posted on February 10, 2015 by in Street art and tagged , , , .
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