We recently had the opportunity to hit the streets of Mexico City with Street Art Chilango to learn all about street art!
We met two of the owners of Street Art Chilango-Jenaro and Alex. Jenaro was actually painting something when we walked up-so cool to see art in action! Alex went along on the tour and provided us with extra insight on the artists, the history, and the street art community. As you probably know by now, we are not the most well cultured people-especially about art. Evern more especially about street art. We got to see some of the best art around the city and learned SO many cool things. Here were a few interesting points we learned–
- What is the difference between street art and graffiti? Street art is typically image based, while graffiti is word based. Street art is legal and has been approved by authorities, businesses, and neighbors prior to any work being done. Graffiti is usually illegal and the artists have not been given prior permission for their “art”.
- Why is graffiti frowned upon while street art is widely accepted? Graffiti is not intended for the general public to enjoy. It is created with a purpose for only a select group of people. It is often illegible–but this means something to a select group of peers. The general public is entirely excluded from the meaning of graffiti. Street art, on the other hand, is created with the intention that the general population can enjoy it and find meaning within it.
- Why is street art so special and so popular? Street art can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether wealthy, poor, young, or old, EVERYONE can enjoy this form of art. One of the most interesting things that I had not considered until this tour was this-you do not have to visit a gallery or museum to experience art. Street art brings the art to you (literally). The street art community seems to have such a very different feeling than those artists you may see inside a gallery or museum, but it seems to be SUCH a tight knit group of artists (at least in Mexico City). It was really something special to hear these people explain and describe artwork of their friends and fellow artists. What an awesome community.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces we saw–
This girl was wearing a flag that was half Mexican half United States to show that we are neighbors and we work together. We want one of these flags now ourselves!
This may have been my favorite art all we saw. It was on the outside of a kindergarten building and the colors were awesome! The young boy in the art was actually a former student at this kindergarten!
And here we are soaking it all in and doing our part to culture ourselves 🙂
If you are interested in this tour, visit Street Art Chilango’s website to learn more about it!
Keep it Kinetic,