Murals in Guadalupe
By Jan Baross
On February 4, young muralists from around the world began arriving to paint lively figures on the walls of the San Miguel de Allende neighborhood of Guadalupe.
Over the years, thanks to Colleen Sorenson, Graffiti World, and the Muros en Blanco group, muralists have been brought in from all over the world to live in Graffitiworld residency in Guadalupe while they paint and spray colorful concepts on the walls of businesses and homes.
Considering the political times we are in, I was drawn to, and moved by, the mural of Aline Herrera who called herself Atentamente una Fresa (Sincerely a Strawberry). She and some of the other muralists belong to Tlatoa, (the heart) an art collective based in Mexico City. The other artists are from all over México, as well as Canada, Spain, and France.
Twenty-four-year old Aline has been drawing and painting on the streets since she was 18. She studied design at the Universidad Iberoamericana and has a ceramics degree. “My art is an expression of the heart, a connection that is immediate. Art is for the people,” said Aline.
Aline’s fanciful mural design includes a strong statement, written in English and Spanish, in response to the prickly US political climate that has been affecting Mexico.
“I am Mexican! And I am not afraid. I love my culture. I love my people. I love their laugh, and I love their smile. I love my field and the brown of its land. I love my homeland. And defend it to death. But I also respect the one who doesn’t understand.”
Aline’s opinion is echoed in a recently published statement from the Sanmiguelense Civic Front. “In times when our nation is receiving attacks and threats from the president of the United States—not from the people—but from the president—we all have the duty of raising our voices to pacifically defend Mexico.”