It’s winter in Buenos Aires and with the cold weather there’s no shortage of flu and common colds doing the rounds. A state of health emergency was declared in Greater Buenos Aires this time two years ago; and from April to July 24, 2009, there were more than 200 recorded deaths in Argentina due to the virus known as ‘gripe A’ or HIN1. The pandemic also led to a wave of graffiti depicting ‘la gripe porcina’ and the H1N1 virus, and pigs are still popping up around BA.
Stencil by Run Dont Walk
Don’t stop the prevention
Stencil in Parque Chas
Porcina power by Grolou and Doez
Freaks by Grolou
Another Freaks pig design by Grolou
Design by Grolou and Gumy in Quilmes
The word ‘porcino’ meaning ‘swine’ has even been used in political stencil graffiti to mock the Pro party leader and mayor Mauricio Macri ahead of this year’s elections. The above stencil also has a yellow background that’s common on city government signs together with the slogan ‘Haciendo Buenos Aires’.