by Gabriela Torres | Photo: Brandy Colton
At Vancouver Mural Festival, the art we feature is diverse in style and technique. In fact, genres often merge to create unified messages and blend various perspectives on issues both social and political.
This summer, two artist collectives of Latin cultural heritage collaborated to create a vibrant mural on Granville Island at new outdoor public art event called, “Artsmash.” The mural was developed with the help of Laura Osorio, curator at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. The mural, along with an exhibit at MOA, introduces and brings awareness to many of the issues affecting people in Mexico and South America today.
Oaxacan Artists Spice Up Granville Island Wall
From Oaxaca Mexico to Vancouver B.C, we introduce Lapiztola, a group of artists whose name derives from the Spanish words “lapiz” meaning pencil, and “pistola” meaning pistol. The collective emerged as a response to Mexico’s political revolution in 2006 when violence inflicted upon the Mexican people by the government resulted in the proliferation of street art opposing injustice.
Much of this art was created by Lapiztola who continue the tradition of using art to protest, denounce, and highlight issues that impact their country, city, and people today. Hence, their clever name which ultimately captures how artists give a voice to those unheard by blending art with politics in the name of social justice.
To create their installations, Lapiztola uses stencil and silkscreen printing. Not only do their visual protests reflect their own unique style, but function as an alternate way of bringing awareness to problems including disappearing children, drug lords, genetically modified corn, and more.