Three brilliant murals painted by Emy Mariani, Martin Ron and Lean Frizzera painted at Meeting of Styles last year were covered over by political graffiti last week. The designs at the junction of Avenida Libertador and Dorrego in Palermo took the artists three days to paint last November when Buenos Aires hosted its first international street art festival.
It can be a risky business putting the face of a politician on an advertising billboard. With less than four months to go until the presidential elections in Argentina and less than two weeks until the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires choses its mayor, hundreds of campaign posters with the names and faces of the different political candidates have been defaced all over the city.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has finally announced that she will be standing again in the national elections in October. It was the news everyone was expecting and ends speculation about her political plans just days before Saturday’s deadline to submit her candidature.
A new political mural of Néstor Kirchner has been unveiled in the barrio of Barracas to mark the six month anniversary of his death.
New Néstor Kirchner political mural in Barracas
The mural measuring 15 x 4 metres has been painted on a wall under a railway bridge with the slogan “Imposible Apagar Tanto Fuego” (“It’s impossible to turn off so much heat”). It was made in association with the political parties Movimiento Evita Communa 4 and JP Evita, the workshop of the Centro Cultural el Conventillo and the help of local residents in Barracas.
Under the Bridge
The inauguration of the mural was attended by respresentatives from a large number of Kirchnerist groups who are also responsible for painting numerous stencils of Néstor and president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner around Buenos Aires over recent months.
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Following Néstor’s death on 27 October 2010 due to heart failure, schools, hospitals, parks, squares, roads and motorways around the country have all been renamed in his honour. Even football, the most hallowed of Argentine institutions, bears his name with this season’s First Division championship officially called the ‘Torneo Clausura 2011 Néstor Kirchner’.