Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The murals of Caracas

Marxist Theory of Art
August 2010

The last of three articles on popular art in the Bolivarian Revolution, originally published by 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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