Jaz, an artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, re imagines Mexico’s national crest in combat reflecting on the current conflict of the Mexican people against their government with fighting beasts and blacked out images representing opposition and defiance.
This child breaking a gun was painted by Bastardilla, a prolific Colombian street artist. Her second mural depicts cherubic writers with pencils for arrows afloat on a open book signed ‘vivos los queremos’, ‘alive we want’ circled by alligators in choppy waters. Representing the fight for freedom of speech and for the forty three students who disappeared.
A mural by Blu, an Italian artist, shows Mexican and American toy soldiers lining a Mexican flag made by green dollars, white cocaine in lines, and dripping red blood. A powerful political statement in regards to how drug money, the cocaine industry, and blood are all backed by the Mexican government.
Mexican street artist Curiot creates another vibrant mythical beast blending human and animal forms. In this mural Curiot reflects the sinking country surrounded by the people as spectators of it all, busy on their phones doing nothing but sitting and watching the country go down before them. Curiot asks his Mexican people to be proactive.
American female street artist Swoon pastes a spiritual wooden mural depicting the Mexican woman and woman nature.
Italian female street artist Ericailcane first mural is of an aggressive looking leopard lowers himself to the five bunny rabbits before him, one bunny rabbit bears a black armband with the number 43 and others hold the black flag. Referencing the forty three Ayotzinapa students who disappeared last year.
Street artist Ericailcane second mural tested the limitations of free speech. One building owner was made to feel uneasy by the provocative content on his shop wall. Ericailcanes mural depicts a circus monkey holding two pesos as cymbals, wrapped in a band of the Mexican flag. The owner of the building requested that Ericailcane paint over the image of the flag, which the artist agreed to do in black, though the pesos were permitted to remain, debating freedom of speech.
The powerful thought provoking murals by the street artists have made sure that Mexico’s issues stay at the front of the national and international conscience and that the mexican people have a voice and that voice is loud!
As part of Manifestomx gallery fifty24MX presents a collective art show. A percentage of the total sales will be donated to the sons and daughters of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa.
Photos courtesy of Fifty24MX