Madres de Plaza de Mayo by No Touching Ground

No Touching Ground put up these bold new wheat pastes at the weekend on three columns of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. The interventions feature life size figures of three members of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo.

madres de la plaza de mayo graffiti buenos aires buenosairesstreetart.comMothers of Plaza de Mayo – new interventions in Buenos Aires by No Touching Ground

Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo are the famous organisation of female activists who have fought for more than three decades to be re-united with their children who were abducted during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-83).

madres de plaza de mayo murales buenos aires buenosairesstreetart.comPaste-up of Mother with white headscarf

The Mothers, who are well known for their iconic white head scarves that would later carry the names of their lost children, still meet in the famous square in front of the Casa Rosada every Thursday to keep alive the memory of their lost children.

mothers of plaza de mayo buenos aires street art graffiti buenosairesstreetart.comMetropolitan Cathedral in Plaza de Mayo

The Mothers have been regarded as a potent symbol of the fight for justice in Argentina but in recent years their reputation has been tarnished. The organisation and in particular its controversial leader Hebe de Bonafini have been embroiled in a number of corruption scandals including the mismanagement and alleged embezzlement of state funds for a huge multi-million dollar social housing project, and revelations that organisation funds were being transferred to foreign bank accounts.

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