This June, MYA Gallery is pleased to present Entre Muros, an exhibition showing a diverse group of artists from Latin America, placing the growing Urban Contemporary movement found across this rarely celebrated continent under it’s deserved spotlight.
The exhibition is curated by subject specialist Maximiliano Ruiz, curator, author and editor of a number of publications that document Latin America’s street art movement, including Graffiti Argentina and Nuevo Mundo: Latin American Street Art. Ruiz has also played a pivotal role in introducing Latin American art to the international market.
Street Art has always been a very important weapon in every social and political event or evolution in Latin America, either as a tool to reclaim an urban culture or tribe, or as a strong and powerful means for airing political and social grievances. The ability to record a concrete and explicit message cheaply and quickly allowed various groups from different social sphere to have a toll at hand with which to go out into the streets to voice what many think, but few dare to express. Most countries in Latin America experienced strict military governments in the ‘70s and ‘80s that repressed any act of free speech or public art. This mass repression was focused around universities, cultural centers and artists, which halted the growth of any public art expression. When democracy was introduced, artists, musicians and creatives looked for any outlet possible to express themselves. The street art movement exploded with colour and free expression, using their local streets as canvases to experiment and adorn rather than just as a place to tag their name repetitively.
Ruiz introduces to London both known and new talents from every corner of Latin America. Curiot and Saner from Mexico, Rodrigo Branco and Rafael Hayashi from Brazil, Jaz, Doma and Elian from Argentina as well as other front runners such as Inti from Chilie and Alexis Diaz from Puerto Rico. The exhibition promises to be an impressive collection of talent from these colourful latin countries.
Brazil: Rodrigo Branco, Rafael Hayashi / Argentina: Doma, Elian, Jaz / Chile: Cekis, Inti / Mexico: Curiot, Saner / Peru: Decertor Colombia: Stinkfish / Puerto Rico: Alexis Diaz