Urban Latin American art reaches the Russian capital streets

With the second edition of the street art festival in Moscow 42 artists from all around the world will fill up the city with color and creativity.

42 foreign artists and 26 Russian artists have gathered in Moscow in the framework of the II Bienal Street Art held in the Russian capital, which this year has the presence of several Spanish and Latin American artists.

The theme of the Biennale this year is 'The invisible wall', which refers to the walls and barriers around us, both personally -fears, limitations, anguish feelings-, and collectively, social, geographical barriers and we have as moral society. The artists were given the task to reflect this in their works.

Among Latin American representatives of the Biennale, is Pablo Benzo, a Chilean artist who lives in Berlin since 2013. After a start in graffiti and street painting, Paul began experimenting with new forms such as oil painting and ceramics.

For two weeks the artist was in Moscow, preparing his exhibition, which consists of a series of acrylic paintings and woodcarvings. As the artist these paintings are "another version" of the work done in Berlin, where he made oil paintings. The sculptures presented in Moscow, on the other hand, were the opportunity to turn his canvases into objects in three dimensions.

"Normally I paint objects. But whenever I'm painting I imagine that these objects are real and had always thought that I would do it in 3D, like a sculpture. So this time, in my project, I had the opportunity to both".

Argentina also represented at the Biennale, thanks to the artists Orilo Blandini and Pablo Manzelli (Chu), who make up the collective 'Doma', which has been working since 17 years. His work for the Biennale-a table tennis table several meters long, in which a world map divided by a mesh entramada- is one of the most popular works among visitors of the exhibition appears.

For Pablo the passage of the street to museums or enclosed spaces is more than natural, besides being an opportunity for the artist faces himself.

"The first attempts to relocate street art to museums were to paint graffiti on canvas. But it was because there was little experience and people did not know how to change the perspective. But now there is much more experience and people understand that is not the same, that work is another and should be different, but would not make sense, "says Chilean Sputnik.

"Our work is more political than conceptual, unlike other works of the Biennale, which focus more on the aesthetic content," says Orilo.

Franco Fasoli, whose stage name is Jaz, is another Argentine artist present at the Biennale. He prepared for a sculpture exhibition, whose unique name is 'The hidden dictatorship'.

These are, among others, some of the artists representing Spain and Latin America in the Second Moscow Biennale, which opened on August 30 and will last for almost half a year, until 18 January 2017. All of them, with their different styles, dreams, ambitions and works, they have something in common: a special relationship with Moscow, the Russian capital.

"Everything here is gigantic 'he says Paul Benzo- humor, subway stations are huge. On the stairs one can invent something, while waiting to come down or up. In fact, the title of one of my works for the Biennale is 'Reflections on the subway stairs.' “The artists have also been left amazed by the Moscow landscape.”I was surprised by the architecture and the care of it: no matter what style it is, classic or modern, take care of all the details," explains Mario Mankey, who left his signature also in one of the walls of the city.

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