Initially adopted as a simple and effective means of mass producing a simple image or slogan across the city, over time stencil art has become more complex, elaborate and powerful. This piece by Nazza is painted in the grounds of a former clandestine torture centre. The child pictured holds up a photo of one of the disappeared. His t-shirt bears another iconic stencil, a demand for justice and punishment.
Three months after the death of former president Nestor Kirchner, hundreds of these stencils appeared across the city. The image is combination of two images – the face of former President Nestor Kirchner, wearing the suit of the classic Argentine comic hero “El Eternauta“, a fictional character who struggled against malevolent forces in an apocalyptic vision of Buenos Aires. The stencil is a tribute to Kirchner's role as a leader who brought Argentina out of crisis.
The ominous spectre in the doorway is a "piquetero", an immediately recognisable figure representing a disruptive form of protest. After returning from Buenos Aires after a long journey, the artist found the motorway to the city blocked by a protest. The "I love BA" badge hints at the love/hate relationship people have with the city.
Placement is everything. The block colour letters are typical of a style of propaganda seen throughout the country, promoting everyone from union leaders and football teams to the president and city mayor. The addition of the boy with the brush gazing dreamily into the distance changes the impact of the ever changing propaganda painted below.
Curator — graffitimundo