Caracas: Part 3 - Murals

In Caracas, murals decorate the walls of barrios with the sentiments and aspirations of the people. These creations, sometimes elaborate and detailed, sometimes simple and direct, are often the product of a collective effort among neighbors to beautify their living space. In the community spaces as well as the nooks and crannies of the bustling, sprawling city, this art rivals commercial billboards that permeate much of the visual landscape. In many cases the murals pay homage to Latin American heroes who continue to inspire people to fight for freedom and justice. They also tell stories of history, oppression, and resistance.

By Photos by Silvia Leindecker

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"Twentieth Century"
"Twentieth Century"

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(Left) "Constructing Popular Power," (center) "94.7FM Free Radio to the rhythm of 23 [de Enero barrio]"
(Left) "Constructing Popular Power," (center) "94.7FM Free Radio to the rhythm of 23 [de Enero barrio]"

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(top) "The Federal War," (center) "Tremble, oligarchs," (bottom) "Free Land and Men"
(top) "The Federal War," (center) "Tremble, oligarchs," (bottom) "Free Land and Men"

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"Simon Bolivar Coordinator: With Bolivar, with Manuel, with the people to power"
"Simon Bolivar Coordinator: With Bolivar, with Manuel, with the people to power"

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"The Invasion"
"The Invasion"

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European conquest
European conquest

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"Community Strength: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara"
"Community Strength: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara"

In Caracas, murals decorate the walls of barrios with the sentiments and aspirations of the people. These creations, sometimes elaborate and detailed, sometimes simple and direct, are often the product of a collective effort among neighbors to beautify their living space. In the community spaces as well as the nooks and crannies of the bustling, sprawling city, this art rivals commercial billboards that permeate much of the visual landscape. In many cases the murals pay homage to Latin American heroes who continue to inspire people to fight for freedom and justice. They also tell stories of history, oppression, and resistance. 

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