On Monday students were taken by bus to Palermo and Colegiales, two neighborhoods that we hadn't exlpored much yet on this trip, and well worth the visit!
This area of Buenos Aires used to be considered residential but in the last 15 years it has seen a boom in bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Quickly becoming one of the trendiest parts of the city, it is also famous for its many graffiti murals scattered around the area. Naturally we wanted to see how these displays reflect Argentine society, values and important social issues.
We learned about the messages behind the artwork and who the artists were. We also learned about the difference between graffiti in the U.S. and in Argentina, and how graffiti evolved differently in each country. For example, graffiti is not considered vandalism in Argentina, and many people hire graffiti artists to paint their homes or create a mural for one of their loved ones.
At the end of the tour, we were taken to a gallery where students could buy a painting based on graffiti artwork that we saw that day. It was a great chance to see another side of the city.