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Bilingual Blogging on Alapinta Crew in Chile

Posted in South America with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2010 by mutate

This just in from Rod Palmer in Chile:

Graffiti has not slowed down in Chile following February’s earthquake, and the arrival in March of Chile´s first right-of-centre government since Pinochet. If anything it has regained new urgency.

Chilean graffiti writers are ever more recognized in surprisingly official contexts.  The local government is backing southern Chile´s finest graffiti crew ALAPINTA´s show at the heart of Temuco, in the plaza.  ALAPINTA formed in Temuco as students.  They describe themselves as a ´familia de amigos´ (family of friends).  The photo on the flier to their Temuco show has one of them painting with a roller: painting with latex, the medium of much South American graffiti, with roots in political protest painting.

ALAPINTA are Aner and Maher of Villarrica, GVZ and Cezo of Temuco, and Fiam of Valdivia. Aner has Mapuche roots.  ALAPINTA Crew support the cause of southern Chile´s indigenous Mapuche people.  The Santiago-based Mapuche band NüLKüWE (Liberation) gigged at ALAPINTA´s opening in Temuco.

And here it is en espanol!

Graffiti no ha cesado en Chile después del terremoto de febrero, y de la llegada en febrero del primero gobierno de la derecha en Chile desde Pinochet. Al contrario, el graffiti ha conquistado una nueva urgencia.

Escritores chilenos de graffiti están cada vez más reconocidos en contextos sorprendemente oficiales. ALAPINTA es la mejor crew de todo el sur del Chile. Se formaron a Temuco cuando eran estudiantes.  Se presentan como una ´familia de amigos´La foto en la flyer a la expo temucana muestra uno de ellos en polera y con rodillo: pintando con látex, en medio de mucho graffiti sudamericano, y con raíces en la pintura de protesta política.

ALAPINTA son Aner y Maher de Villarrica, GVZ y Cezo de Temuco, y Fiam de Valdivia.  Aner tiene raíces Mapuche. ALAPINTA promueve la causa de la gente indígena de Chile sureño.  La banda musical Mapuche, NüLKüWE (Liberación), tocó amenizando a ALAPINTA en Temuco.

Chile Estyle: New Film on Chilean Street Art coming from Pablo Aravena

Posted in News, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by mutate

News from Dr. Rod Palmer in earthquake-struck Chile just in:

CHILE ESTYLE

Pablo Aravena, of Next: a Primer on Urban Art (Canada / France 2007), is planning to make another full-length documentary film: on the booming graffiti scene in his native Chile.  The 10 minute demo of Chile Estyle can be seen on the webpage www.chileestyle.com which is launched today. Check out the interviews with many of Chile´s finest.  The demo was filmed in LA in December, and in Santiago de Chile and Valparaíso in January, i.e. pre the 27 February earthquake.

FUERZA CHILE

Graffiti in Chile is not quaked.  Last week, in Santiago´s Plaza Italia, Guztok of Nadie Crew (Nobody Crew) popped up with ´FUERZA CHILE´ :

Santiago locals liked the girly ´C` and quaking cityscape of the ´L´ in C-H-I-L-E: