Revolution Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
Revolution: Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

 

Walls and signs of politics as expressed on the walls of Oaxaca.

Revolution: Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
Revolution: Vegetarian Vegetable Soup – Silkscreen type image

I particularly liked this play-on-Warhol soup can revolution graphic. Vegan revolutionary?

Zapata graphic
Zapata graphic

An iconic image of Emiliano Zapata.

Zapata graphic
Zapata graphic in larger political informational context

The same image of Zapata, an agrarian (farm land) revolutionary, used in a broader Communist context.

Anti-Nieto graphic
Anti-Nieto graphic

Winner of the 2012 Presidential election Enrique Peña Nieto portrayed with suposición; ‘assumption’

'Nieto No' graphic
‘Nieto No’ graphic

The somewhat locally universal symbol for No Nieto.

Doubts About the Presidential Election with the IFE
Doubts About the Presidential Election with the IFE

Much suspicion has been expressed about election irregularities and fraud with the IFE election officials.

The actual IFE election results poster in Teotilan
The actual IFE election results poster in Teotilan

As we walked in the deserted midday streets of the small weaving town of Teotitlan (near Oaxaca del Valle), this actual IFE official election results poster drifted around our feet. It clearly shows the lack of local support for the PRI party.

 

Anti PRI poster
Anti PRI poster

 

Variation on the Uncle Sam - I Want You
 I Want You

Without seeing the rest of this mostly torn down poster, it evokes the ‘I Want You’ of an Uncle Sam recruiting poster of another era.

 

Che Guevera + Jim Morrison - the usual revolutionary suspects?
Che Guevera + Jim Morrison – the usual revolutionary suspects?

These images were in a small, very poor cafe for/by politically active young people.

 

Watch Out! ¡Cuidad! The Actual local usual suspects
¡Cuidad! Watch Out! The Actual local usual suspects

¡Cuidad!Watch out for these people poster, in one of the large indoor mercados. It was hung in one of the many, many barely passable narrow aisles.

No Military Service
No Military Service

A faded commentary demanding no military service. One of the rare graffiti that I saw on older walls. Most of this kind of writing was on newer smooth walls.

 

Putos los Policias
Putos los Policias

Translate on your own…

Sad - Locked Out
Sad – Locked Out

I don’t know the intent of the ‘sticker’ artist, but I took the whole composition as a statement.

For Peace - Gandhi
For Peace – Gandhi

Not to be overly negative, there was a presence of peace related graphics as well.

Gandhi Che Zapata and friends
Gandhi Che Zapata and friends

A broad mixture of icons, only some of which I’ve been able to identify. Gandhi, Zapata, Che Guevera, but I have heard mixed things about who the others are. Got info?

Plastic Bottle Christ with Frida and Diego
Plastic Bottle Christ with Frida and Diego

Recycled plastic bottles Christ on the cross with Frida and Diego.

Timezones as political statement
Timezones as political statement

I read this display in a politically oriented cafe, art gallery, meeting center as a statement. What does it say that the time in Tibet is soooo different?

'You Are...' eyes scratched off
‘You Are…’ eyes scratched off
I am You are ! ok.
I am You are ! ok.

Ok. Now I’m reassured.

Journalists around the world: Help Us Please
Journalists around the world: Help Please Us
They don't want to hear our voice
They don’t want to hear our voice

Statements overseen at a large student rally in the Zócalo in Mexico City.  I know, I know,  Cuidad de Mexico is not Oaxaca. But It is relevant, at the least, for me.

Protest display and texters
Protest display and texters

In a large display at the student rally, I saw this juxtaposition. I believe that the photographer of the original  image is James Rodriguez. His site where ihe describes himself as “Independent documentary photographer and photojournalist” is well worth a look. MiMundo

While this post hints of political unrest and distress in the region, I must say that everyone we encountered was friendly, polite, and considerate of us in our travels.

 

Walls and Signs of Politics in Oaxaca
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6 thoughts on “Walls and Signs of Politics in Oaxaca

  • August 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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    such a great post!!!!

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    • August 14, 2012 at 4:12 am
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      glad you like it.
      cheers

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  • September 2, 2012 at 1:00 am
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    Great stuff. In 2006, a teachers’ strike in this peaceful city spread into a violent 7 month protest.

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    • September 4, 2012 at 10:09 am
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      There are still echoes of the teacher strike in protests about the current elections, and signs around town.

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  • September 2, 2012 at 1:00 am
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    Love the wall stuff especially Zapata graphic.

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    • September 4, 2012 at 10:09 am
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      There are a few recurring iconic images, with Zapata probably the leading one. Thanks

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