Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The murals of Caracas

The last of three articles on popular art in the Bolivarian Revolution, originally published by venezuelanalysis.com here. Photos by Silvia Leindecker.
Translations of the Spanish provided where required.



In Caracas, murals decorate the walls of barrios with the sentiments and aspirations of the people. These creations, sometimes elaborate and detailed, sometimes simple and direct, are often the product of a collective effort among neighbors to beautify their living space. In the community spaces as well as the nooks and crannies of the bustling, sprawling city, this art rivals commercial billboards that permeate much of the visual landscape. In many cases the murals pay homage to Latin American heroes who continue to inspire people to fight for freedom and justice. They also tell stories of history, oppression, and resistance.

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caracas murals 1
‘Twentieth Century’

caracas murals #2
‘Constructing Popular Power’ (left), ‘94.7FM Free Radio to the rhythm of 23 [de Enero barrio]’ (centre)

caracas murals #3
‘The Federal War’ (top), ‘Tremble, oligarchs’ (centre), ‘Free Land and Men’(bottom)

caracas murals #4
‘Simón Bolívar Coordinator: with Bolívar, with Manuel, with the people to power’

caracas murals #5
‘The Invasion’

caracas murals #6

caracas murals #7

caracas murals #8

caracas murals #9
‘European conquest’

caracas murals #10
‘Community Strength: Ernesto “Che” Guevara’

1 comment:

  1. The Brazilian art and culture shown to the world through the blog of Brazilian artist NEWTON AVELINO www.aartedenewtonavelino.blogspot.com

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