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Chilean Street Art news from our international correspondant

This just in from Dr. Rod Palmer in Chile: Graffiti Porteño 2010 is an event organized by the Chilean graffiti writers Inti, Hes and Saile, in Chile´s main port of Valparaíso. The idea of an activity in Valparaíso that would display the high standard of Chilean graffiti first arose in 2009: when Inti and Hes launched Graffiti Porteño – in the port of Bergen, Norway. Graffiti Porteño 2010 has been realized with the backing of Valparaíso´s local government, Montana Colors, Chile´s Consejo Nacional de la Cultura (National Council for Culture) and Balmaceda Arte Joven (Balmaceda Young Art). Graffiti Porteño 2010 features an exhibition in the Consejo de la Cultura HQ in Valparaíso. Here the four graffiti writers Inti, Hes, Saile and LRM (La Robot de Madera : The Wooden Robot) show their visions of porteño / Chilean / South American graffiti. This exhibition does not propose graffiti brought inside, but rather installations that play on the contrasts between work in the street and for the gallery :

Saile, instalation.

As part of the same event, graffiti workshops were organized at Balmaceda Arte Joven; these were led by Aner and Maher of southern Chile´s Alapinta Crew (see earlier blog). To mark the event, Saile, Hes and Inti created the highest graffiti ever painted in Chile, in the Barrio Puerto (Port neighbourhood).

Graffiti by Saile, Hes, Inti.

This lasting icon of the event, and spectacular embellishment to Valparaíso´s cityscape, is intended to form part of an itinerary of large scale graffiti in Valparaíso. For more information, see the official web page www.GraffitiValparaiso.com , which includes photographs of all aspects of Graffiti Porteño 2010, and news of future plans for the event. Photos: Saile instalation : Sergio Alvarez; Saile,  Hes, Inti, wall: Astro. Text, Rod Palmer, adapted from Spanish original by Hes.

Bilingual Blogging on Alapinta Crew in Chile

This just in from Rod Palmer in Chile: Graffiti has not slowed down in Chile following February’s earthquake, and the arrival in March of Chile´s first right-of-centre government since Pinochet. If anything it has regained new urgency.

Chilean graffiti writers are ever more recognized in surprisingly official contexts.  The local government is backing southern Chile´s finest graffiti crew ALAPINTA´s show at the heart of Temuco, in the plaza.  ALAPINTA formed in Temuco as students.  They describe themselves as a ´familia de amigos´ (family of friends).  The photo on the flier to their Temuco show has one of them painting with a roller: painting with latex, the medium of much South American graffiti, with roots in political protest painting.

ALAPINTA are Aner and Maher of Villarrica, GVZ and Cezo of Temuco, and Fiam of Valdivia. Aner has Mapuche roots.  ALAPINTA Crew support the cause of southern Chile´s indigenous Mapuche people.  The Santiago-based Mapuche band NüLKüWE (Liberation) gigged at ALAPINTA´s opening in Temuco.

And here it is en espanol! Graffiti no ha cesado en Chile después del terremoto de febrero, y de la llegada en febrero del primero gobierno de la derecha en Chile desde Pinochet. Al contrario, el graffiti ha conquistado una nueva urgencia. Escritores chilenos de graffiti están cada vez más reconocidos en contextos sorprendemente oficiales. ALAPINTA es la mejor crew de todo el sur del Chile. Se formaron a Temuco cuando eran estudiantes.  Se presentan como una ´familia de amigos´La foto en la flyer a la expo temucana muestra uno de ellos en polera y con rodillo: pintando con látex, en medio de mucho graffiti sudamericano, y con raíces en la pintura de protesta política. ALAPINTA son Aner y Maher de Villarrica, GVZ y Cezo de Temuco, y Fiam de Valdivia.  Aner tiene raíces Mapuche. ALAPINTA promueve la causa de la gente indígena de Chile sureño.  La banda musical Mapuche, NüLKüWE (Liberación), tocó amenizando a ALAPINTA en Temuco.

NEW FEATURE: Street Art in Chile by Kelp

Hola UK – I’m KELP from www.kelp.cl = Chile. A graffiti writer and entrepreneur who started graffiti writing in 1997 in Santiago de Chile by watching political murals and also graffiti masters doing their thing in Plaza Italia, downtown of Santiago. From Chiles capital I started to paint all over the country and then outside of Southamerica (Europe, Asia, USA) in which I painted with friends and slowly came to know many great people who were also creating and developing graffiti in many ways.

To get to the point I will write about chilean graffiti in short 150 word notes. Explain, show, describe, analyze everything around graffiti in Chile, directly from the streets with backup from the greatest graffiti writers, literature and live actions. Graffiti in Chile is getting worldwide recognition and you will find why, right here on a monthly basis.

NEW FEATURE – direct from South America!

The Street Art scene in South America is astounding. Everyone is talking about Brazillian Street Art with good reason – but what about the thriving Chilean scene and the developing styles of Argentina and Paraguay? At One Foot in the Grove we were very happy to host this work by Wolf and PXL from Chile… …and we’ve got links to South America so watch this space for reports on the distinct and amazing styles happening over there. For now, check this video from Denotes hip hop & graffiti crew, of Asunción, Paraguay. Joma & Kast of Denotes are MCs and graffiti writers. In the background, there are typographic throw ups by them, and by Above, who came through Asunción.  Above and Denotes have been to Brazil, and their letters incorporate the Brazilian pixaçao lettering style. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHiUB0vadL8&feature=related]