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Contemporary Muralism in Mexico City, Mexico
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Since its inception into the Mexican cultural sphere, murals have had far reaching impacts artistically, socially, and politically. There is currently a thriving mural scene in Mexico City that I was able to document and analyze over the course of two weeks. By doing so I was be able to examine the political sentiments, pre-Colombian and Indigenist influences, and cultural impacts both muralism, and its modern manifestation of street art, have in modern day Mexico City. Mexico has consistently recognized muralism as an identifying cultural form that incorporates a strong political and social commentary within the artwork. At its conception, Mexican muralism was used as a form of state propaganda facilitated by artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Their murals included themes of communism, nationalism, and pre-Columbian art. While having the facade of being public art, the murals were indoors and not as accessible as the murals that preside on the streets of Mexico City today. Street art differs from the muralism of los Tres Grandes in its egalitarian representation of Mexican culture. My research seeks to link the current manifestations of street art as a continuation of the first wave of Mexican Muralism implemented by Los Grandes, as well as to investigate phenomenons unique to contemporary street art.