Friday, June 14, 2013

Taking on a culture of violence with street art in Tegucigalpa

I came across the Mona Lisa with a pink gun on a wall near a Tegucigalpa hotel on a previous visit.
The work is part of a series by a Honduran artist who uses the name Urban Maeztro. The prints mixed classic art images with the weapons that are part of life for many Hondurans.
Street art can be dangerous work here. Authorities don’t like it, as in most cities, but they express they’re disapproval more forcefully. And gangs aren’t sure if Urban Maeztro is mocking them.
It’s not going to end violence. But anything that challenges the status quo is a good thing.
You can read more about Urban Maeztro and his work here

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