October 30, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’ve always been a fan of graffiti. I mean, obviously some graffiti is negative, wrong or hurtful – that’s not the graffiti I’m talking about. Even when graffiti is silly and maybe meaningless to most of us, it’s not worthless – it’s somebody’s expression – somebody’s message that they wanted to share and be heard and maybe invite commentary on (I’ve seen whole conversations take place on public walls and bathroom stalls). Some graffiti, though, stands out, high above the noise, to touch and resonate in everyone that passes by it. We live in noisy places that our barrier for paying attention is high. Cluttered walls are noisy and don’t make us look twice. White walls too, though, are noisy. They’re not saying anything, but they’re definitely not worth turning your head…unless of course you’re looking at your canvas. It turns out that a lot of Buenos Aires does just that. The city is steeped in a long legacy of public expression; art and activism. That’s the focus of today’s project – a documentary exposing the exhibitionism of a city in full color. I dig it and I think you will too. Join me in backing it before October 31.
Throughout Buenos Aires’ turbulent history, successive generations of activists and artists have taken to the streets to express themselves, through words and through art. This has given the walls a powerful and symbolic role. They have become the city’s voice.