From the elongated runic letting of Sao Paulo’s class-driven “pichação” street artists to Banksy’s highly prized hit-and-run stencil work in London, graffiti has developed its own distinct cultural nuances from country to country since the Wild Style spray can subway attacks in New York City in the 1970s. Nowhere more so than the graffiti art in Buenos Aires.
Some of the most intriguing and beautiful work can be seen in Argentina’s most cosmopolitan urban hub. The local Graffitimundo collective – founded in 2009 – is a group of like minded artists, curators and accidental gallerists, responsible for ongoing workshops, several international exhibitions and the outdoor Street Arte BA events.
They are currently working on a feature-length documentary – White Walls Say Nothing – about the street art movement in the city since the economic collapse in Argentina at the turn of the century. They also regular offer walking tours of the city’s most inventive, stunning and frequently moving street art, much of it made by brush and traditional paints rather than by spray and stencil (sprays were in short supply during times of economic crisis). It’s one of our favourite things to do in Buenos Aires and we can’t recommend it enough. The tour ends with drinks at the Post Bar, a fantastic dive with walls entirely covered by stencil art, and a gallery upstairs. The Krylon-decorated toilets alone are awe inspiring.
One of Graffitimundo’s founders, Marina Charles, introduces a gallery of pieces for Civilian, capturing a few significant pieces and styles in a city that has become one huge gallery.
All photography © Graffitimundo