Why is there so little StreetArt in Argentina?
This is the first StreetArt gallery we have published from Argentina, and could perhaps be the only one. Despite having spent well over six months in this country, we honestly haven’t spotted more motifs to photograph. Most murals that we have seen gave the impression of being formalised commissioned works, instead of displaying the traditional rebelliousness of freely created street art, and its sometimes warped sense of humour.
During our time in Chile we managed to post eight galleries with outstanding street art pictures – and we still have many more! I published my first ever street art gallery from my time in Uruguay, awaiting Berta’s arrival . As soon as we crossed the border from Argentina into Uruguay recently, the camera was out again to photograph more (although not yet enough to create a second dedicated gallery).
We are still wondering why we see so little StreetArt in Argentina.
Maybe street art is simply not as popular in Argentina. Or it could be that it is heavily prosecuted. We know that there are many good pieces in Buenos Aires, but we haven’t been to the capital this trip (and, at this stage, don’t plan to).
[UPDATE: later on we re-visited Buenos Aires and found plenty of good street art. ]
We have been to other major cities, like Cordoba, Mendoza, Salta, and Tucuman, but we haven’t encountered a single piece in any of these centres which caught our eye and made us stop to take photos. Strange! You see the typical tagging, some political slogans, but hardly any outstanding graffiti or real art pieces painted on walls.
That’s not to say that there isn’t any ‘creative juice’ to be found. Many of the commissioned murals you see in this gallery display a lot of skill, and a love for detail. We just wonder where these artists find other public canvases to hone their skills…