When I was a teenager, my dad and I used to enjoy looking at the graffiti painted all over Mexico City. While my dad was a critic of the graffiti that was just scribbles and swear words and obscene signs, we enjoyed those graffitos that were not only truly artistic but also political. Graffiti was, and continues to be, widely spread through Mexico as political and economic turmoil were the themes of the 90s and the early 2000’s.
Graffiti, which remains illegal in most states in Mexico, is a dangerous activity that is associated with “gangs” and mostly men that have “nothing better to do.” Nonetheless, even in my teen years, I saw in many graffiti pieces meaningful lessons of change and hope.
Although I completely acknowledge the challenges that come along with having private property damaged with graffiti and the like, I see graffiti art as a powerful way of expression that resembles that of political cartoons, which I discussed last year. Whereas graffiti has also been used to intimidate others, including Muslim women these days, it has a lot of value when used to deliver positive messages. [Read more...]