Hey there, I just got back from a short residency down in a small town two hours north of Mexico City called Tequisquiapan. I was asked to come down there to meet some of the crew of the Clipperton Project, which basically is going to be a crazy boat trip in March with scientists and artists going out to a very remote atoll in the Pacific called Clipperton Island. Anyways, I thought you might like to see some photos of the town and the graffiti that I was surprised to find there.
I found this whole crew of kids working on this wall on the outskirts of Tequisquiapan. I guess this huge wall borders a guys house, he said he invited these guys to come paint it and that he would rather have that then the political paintings that usually get painted on it without his permission.
I am no expert on graffiti, but I thought some of this was pretty damn good, especially considering that we were in a dusty town pretty far from Mexico City. I told them to check FecalFace.com to maybe see the photos, which got some strange looks…maybe it was my Spanish?
Most of my time there was spent wandering around talking with a young artist that grew up there, who now lives in Mex City, named Alan Pfeiffer. We are working towards a collaboration show for this February. Here are a few pics from our wanderings to give you a better idea of the town.
This was a spot where people used to wash their laundry. Supposedly there is a place in every town in Mexico where people see the ghost of a woman who drowned her own son to revenge her cheating husband. This is where people have seen her in Tequisquiapan
I was amazed at all the hand-painted ads for concerts, politicians, and events. Totally an art in itself.
When an old political group is ousted, they just put a small X over it.
Alan and I also taught some painting workshops at a local school.
I brought some old Juxtapoz issues to let the kids paint from if they wanted to. Check out the Michael Sieben bird on the right!
Some more walls around town
Seems childish, but I guess this Hannah Barbara cartoon was HUGE in Mexico
A freight train rolls by town, often carrying migrants heading north, if you havn't seen the movie “Sin Nombre”, check it out, its intense but very good.
I'll try to post again about our show in Feb, and please check out the Clipperton Project stuff if you can, there are some great folks involved. I just finished a little podcast for them about sea stories and island music, and they've got plenty of interesting ones from the other participants there as well.
Words and photos: Martin Machado
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