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“These murals give life”: revalorization of public space, history and identity in mural art, Martín Fierro Festival, San Martín, Argentina.

Abstract in spanish

The purpose of this article is to analyze a muralism festival organized by the municipality of San Martin, based on the theme of Martin Fierro and the notion of “Encounters at the border”. This study is based on qualitative research carried out between 2017 and 2020. We seek to understand the ways in which the themes of the Muralism festival are interpreted and resignified by Latin American artists. We also examine how these artistic practices transform a deteriorated public space, and how the Muralism festival, which is part of the Program San Martin Pinta Bien, constitutes a vehicle to de-stigmatize the neighborhoods, and generate a positive identification with the history and memories of the space. 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.47725/RAV.029.09

Keywords: murals,public art,stigmatization,borders,gaucho.
Author: Silvia Hirsch. Doctora en Antropología Social, Universidad de California. Coordinadora del Centro de Estudios en Antropología, del Núcleo de Estudios sobre Pueblo Indígenas y del Núcleo Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género y Feminismos, Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IDAES, UNSAM). https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6086-085X.
Author: Ana Bonelli. Licenciada en Artes Plásticas, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FFyL, UBA). Becaria doctoral, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IDAES, UNSAM). https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-8071.
Author: Florencia Valese. Licenciada en Antropología Social y Cultural, Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (IDAES, UNSAM). Diplomada en Antropología del Arte, Laboratorio Transdisciplinario de Investigación y Reinvención (LATIR), México. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7455-5143.
Received: March 03th, 2021, Accepted: May 05th, 2021
Revista de Antropología Visual - número 29 - Santiago, 2021 - 1/27 pp.- ISSN 2452-5189