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:
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.