Addressing the theme of thirst and despair, Saul’s work portrays a dreamlike landscape where creatures migrate from one side to the other seeking first to quench their thirst in the desert, first as a nuisance that becomes a terrible need for survival. Saul’s agglutinated line invites reflection and gives the message that without water we have nothing. On the left side of the mural, Saul approaches a more optimistic tone with a female face wrapped in symbols of fertility and life. The work is sprinkled with different forms, sometimes visionary and sometimes abstract, which make up a kind of garden graffiti artist of delights.
Sänk’s mural recreates the legend of the mystic Chan, the mythological creature that governs the waters of the springs where the liquid flows from the rock, and the responsibility of taking the water from Querétaro to the Zamorano hill when humans fight for it. Today the Chan seems to be further and further away from our cities, so we have to unite communities and actions to recover the ecological balance. On its wall, Sänk portrays the legend in which a wise man of the village invokes the chan, asking him to let the water of Zamorano flow so that it can return to the springs of the glen. The scene features a handful of Ajolotes, the extraordinary Mexican salamander that has the power to regenerate your organs. From them the rains come out, new rivers are born and at one end, hidden at the bottom of the space, in the limits of the building, the Blue Deer of the Wirrarica, lord of life, contemplates the rebirth of its garden.
“Every component of the water cycle is vital to life on earth. While it is common to think of water in its liquid state, high in the sky clouds contain an enormous amount of the world’s pure water. The industrial activities carried out without measure and the waste that our unconscious way of life throws away, significantly damages everything around us. In his mural, Miguel Valiñas tackles the theme of water and atmospheric pollution, creating with his brushes a cloud that takes the form of a siren in the sky, like a magical being that flows through the atmosphere in the hope of bringing us the waters we need gently, while the city, naive about its existence, continues to be damaged by the exhalations of its economic activity.
An architect by profession, Miguel Valiñas travels the world like his ethereal mermaid, creating murals, disseminating ideas and promoting awareness.”
For life to exist there must be balance, this is the message that the native of San Luis Potosi addresses in his work, this piece that describes a humanoid creature figure that releases the water that two hands hold, tells us about the evolution of life and that each living being depends on each other to grow and exist. The piece ends its message on the far right, where a plant like man goes through stages, making it clear that we are not so different when we all share a common need.
Made entirely with Calligraphy, the work by the Mexican artist, who lives in Dresden, Germany, highlights the problems of moving the liquid from one place to another, and his work flows strongly as a consequence of life.
“Mediante un trabajo colaborativo entre Édgar Sánchez, Tré Packard, Sigre Tompel, Jason Botkin, Ricardo Quezada y la legendaria periodista Martha Cooper, el equipo de artistas y productores de “”El Agua es Una”” dedicó y suscribió su trabajo con el siguiente texto:
“”Somos una comunidad de artistas e impulsores del cambio, actuando como uno, en una expresión colaborativa de libertad cultural y activismo ambiental. El agua en nuestra sangre es la misma que cae del cielo y recorre corrientes y ríos hasta nuestros océanos. Todas las aguas son una. Usando el lenguaje universal del arte, ofrecemos estos muros, con amor por el agua que sostiene toda vida en este planeta y para recordarnos la importancia de construir comunidades fuertes que protejan este recurso sagrado.””
Dando un acento final a la obra monumental, los artistas Atole Parra y Hannah Sole, se encargaron de plasmar este texto en uno de los muros colindantes al estacionamiento, en una hermosa letra azul que evoca el fluir del agua.
With more than 30 years of experience in graffiti photography, Martha Cooper is the world’s leading promoter of this style system. Having her Genesis in Brooklyn, Martha witnessed first-hand a movement that would take the world by storm. As part of the festival activities, we invited graffiti artists from Queretaro to paint a tribute to the photographic work at the Martha Cooper Graffiti Open. To the call of Nine Urban Art, graffiti artists from all over the city joined in, to express their name and remember that these walls are also theirs: Gofe, Smoke, Toes, Muek, Roy, Kererer, Cres, Evok, Snak and Xoffe.
During the last days of the festival, the group of artists was strengthened with the collaboration of more artists. This caused the painting to conjure up marine fauna at the far end of the art metawork, with a very particular style, typical of graffiti techniques, Tmuz’s work fights for the preservation of marine species, while advocating controlled consumption and life in freedom. Saúl Torbe and Paola Delfín joined him to leave a last breath of urban art on the walls of CECEQ.
Art is the common language of all humankind. Sh11na from Japan joined the affluent that generated the festival, the eastern end of the cultural complex. His piece addresses the human need to survive from the liquid and the explosion of vitality it contains.
Humans are a conglomerate of realities, a product of the discourses to which we are exposed on a daily basis. In the construction of our identity, we choose to personify those values and ideas that best match our subjectivity, even if this means opposing a centuries-old cultural system and risking our lives in the process. This is the reality of women in our time, a struggle to end the avalanche of tacit and structural violence which, despite the proliferation of actions and discourses in favour of gender equality, seems to be increasing in direct proportion to the number of voices against them. In this sense, art is seen as an ideal means of denouncing the patriarchal patterns that, impregnated in our culture, degrade, minimize and destroy the integrity of millions of people who, simply because they are women, suffer the vicissitudes of an absurd hegemony.
Art and urban art, in particular, not only denounce situations, but also offer alternatives, courses of action that make it possible to eradicate a problem or gradually transform a belief system, an idea or a simple behaviour. To this end, art should not be limited to a specific sector of the population. Paola Delfín, originally from Mexico City, is a contemporary artist whose work explores the beauty and sensibility that surround the female figure. Highly influenced by the techniques of illustration, Paola manages to incorporate elements of femininity, creating dynamic contrasts that try to give her work its own life. Her philosophy is that art must be accessible everywhere, “my passion is to create, to be able to tell a story with my hands through images that involve the spectator in the story”, says Paola herself for her biography on the Widewalls platform, emphasizing the importance of artistic manifestations jumping from the galleries to the streets in an attempt to make the medium more accessible.
Paola Delfin’s approach to art came at a very early age. As a child she always saw in her pencil and paper the possibility of visualizing her reality through drawing. In her mission to take her art to all possible places, Paola has experimented with different techniques and formats to catalyze her ideas and emotions, finding in muralism the ideal means to convey her message to society, away from the exclusivity that usually involves the artistic medium, to promote a true interaction between the audience and the artistic work, which invites reflection and encourages action.
Paola has managed to take her work to streets and galleries all over the world, countries such as Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Spain, have witnessed how the fluidity of her strokes manages to appropriate large walls to make visible the strength of her work.
Paola Delfin is currently painting on the dome of Focault’s pendulum for SeaWalls: Water is One, a new edition of the Pangeaseed Foundation’s SeaWalls: Artists for Oceans program, produced by Nueve Arte Urbano.