Friday, December 05, 2008

Oaxaca Street Art Competition - July 2008

I should have posted these images a long time ago but never got around to it. Now that I'm procrastinating when I should be writing my dissertation this seems like a great time. The competition and the events surrounding it deserve much more explanation than I'm going to offer here but I will let the art speak for itself.

A flyer announcing the competition. At the top it says "The color of the resistance" and at the bottom it reads "For the respect and freedom of expression of urban and street art" or something like that anyway. In really fine print at the bottom it says "Stop facism in Mexico, Free the political prisoners, Stop the privatization of PEMEX." This might give you an idea as to the tone of the event and the art being created.

The line up of blank canvasses.

Art taking shape.

The evolution of a picture.

An interpretation of the Oaxaca state government.

At one point a skirmish broke out and the state police arrived, guns drawn.

We were across the street having a beer and the owners of the restaurant slammed the large wooden doors shut. We sat in relative darkness for about 5 or 10 minutes listening to sounds coming from the street. Luckily the issue was resolved peacefully. The sight of heavily armed police definitely gets the blood flowing!

More entries.

I believe this was the winner.

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