It’s hard to believe but the Peruvian Martinat, with hired help, stole parts of walls surrounding a bus depot in Chacarita decorated with designs by well-known local artists such as Saga and Jaz. They painted over sections of the walls with clear fibreglass resin and then removed the designs with a plan to sell them at a gallery exhibition along with Martinat’s own work.All that is now left of the murals are ugly holes filled with concrete that you can still see along Castillo y Fitz Roy). The original works had all been commissioned or painted with the approval of the depot’s management.
The opening of Martinat’s exhibition at a gallery in Monserrat was greeted with a hostile and violent reaction. According to an article in Pagina 12, which first broke the story, a group consisting of local residents and street artists stormed the gallery in a commando-style raid vandalizing Martinat’s exhibits. They also set off fire extinguishers and wrote insults on the walls using aerosols and even sprayed paint on the shirt of the gallery owner himself.
As Pagina 12 put it: “They considered it an eye for an eye”.M
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