All City Canvas – Mexico City’s Urban Art Festival

May 27th, 2012 | By | 3 Comments »

Herakut. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

From April 29th to May 6th, Mexico’s capital city was hit with some paint, color and talent. The good news is that Mexico’s All City Canvas had a fantastic line up, who appear to have done fantastic work. Artists participating included Roa, Escif, Herakut, Sego, Interesni Kazki, Vhils, Saner and El Mac. The bad news is that unless you were one of the lucky few who were able to see it in person, the rest of us had to bare with the insta-nostalgia, lo-fi photo processing of Instagram since this was primarily how images of the murals were being released online. Interestingly enough, Gonzalo Alvarez, one of the project’s creators, acknowledged that “many artists in Mexico have no money to travel to other countries, and many of their influences come from the pictures they see on the Internet.” All City Canvas’ PR people could be commended for adhering to Alvarez’s philosophy and releasing the images where the masses seem to be (namely Instagram). But to broadcast art to its global audience through heavy photo filters is kind of like putting ketchup on a steak. Perhaps this argument is irrelevant if the intended audience was the Mexican youth who were able to witness street art in person instead of online. That was the philosophy, right? Quality photos had eventually been released. I suppose I am a bit apprehensive to see Instagram used as a marketing device for art or as my only means of seeing a piece. But that is a total digression from what this post should be focused on.

All City Canvas was awesome. Take a look at these almost completely unedited photos. Or go to Mexico City.

Herakut. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Street Art.

Roa. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

Vhils. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

In conjunction with the festical, gallery Fifty24MX in Mexico City is exhibiting a number of the artists participating in All City Canvas in a show entitled “Piezas“. The show opened on May 10th and will be running until May 27th, featuring work by Aryz, El  Mac, Interesni Kazki, Roa, Saner and Sego. Check out photos of the exhibition here.

Interesni Kazki. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

Interesni Kazki. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

Saner. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Street Art.

El Mac. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Street Art.

Escif. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Street Art.

Sego. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Street Art.

Sego. Photo courtesy of All City Canvas.

Photos courtesy of All City Canvas and Brooklyn Street Art

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  • This is a great looking festival – love the artist selection. I was honoured to be invited as a speaker but was unable to make it! – so I’m having to make do with the photos too… The point made by one of the organisers is very true, that many artists in Mexico and throughout the world look to the Internet for inspiration but its important to say that new Mexican muralism has very strong home-grown influences…

    Saner and Sego both display inspiration from native folklore and culture. Sego looks to Mexican flora and fauna for references for his imaginary creatures. Saner’s work is full of folkloric references such as masks, skulls and quetzalcoatls (serpent gods), he uses these elements to his own contemporised stories rather than traditional ones. These influences come from personal background and life experiences rather than something copied from elsewhere. Plenty of Mexican graffiti is naturally influenced by US and European styles but there is a trend now for very impressively imaginative work that is uniquely Mexican in style.

    Its exciting to see some of the best of European street brought to Mexico and as Caldwell points out its hugely positive for the growing Mexican scene to experience art that they might normally only see online or in books

  • This is street art at it’s best!

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