Art or not

Street Art Santiago - Lord K2

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.


                Part photo-journalism, part interview, this book contains street art (graffiti) from Santiago Chile.  The book’s chapters are different barrios, and each chapter tells you the population, income average, as well as size and graffiti occurrence. 

                The photographs are stunning – there is one with a figure and a bridge that you just wish you could have seen in real life – and the interviews and quotes are interesting, though at times confusing.  One artist admits to doing graffiti because it is against the law, and then says he isn’t breaking the law.

                What is most interesting is the connection between the art and politics, something that is not all present in graffiti that decorates many American cities.  Rather interesting in terms of the biographies and personal stories of the various artists.