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Street Art Santiago Chile

Lord K2

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Santiago, with its deeply evolved and extremely active underground graffiti scene, bursts at the seams with an abundance of eye-popping, jaw-dropping murals. Stencil graffiti artist Lord K2 documents 14 neighborhoods within the capital of Chile with his arresting photography and intimate conversations with local artists. Through more than 200 images and 80 interviews, learn how street art was influenced by American, European, and Brazilian graffiti and how its evolution runs parallel to the political history of the nation itself. During the Cold War, nationalist muralist brigades spread socialist idealism through symbols of power and oppression. Santiago’s repressed lower classes gradually usurped the art form, and murals eventually became a weapon of resistance. This vibrant city, with its array of distinct cultural districts, now invites you to experience its fascinating and tightly knit artistic community that has flourished since the fall of Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1990.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 229 b/w & color photos | 184 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349270 | Binding: hard cover

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Lord K2 (David Sharabani) is a London born artist who commenced his career investing in the financial markets. This allowed him the time and funds to pursue a career in art. He attended the London College of Printing before studying business. He subsequently honed his art skills in Buenos Aires, learning Stencil Graffiti and then moving on to study photography at the ICP in New York. His photography is predominately focused on documenting urban art and the culture that surrounds it. His stencil-based art works have graced the streets of Argentina and Chile as well as galleries in New York, London, and Tel Aviv.

“With informative quotes from the artists and excellent contextual photos, Lord K2′s Street Art Santiago exhaustively documents the Chilean scene neighborhood by neighborhood from paint illegally tossed against a wall to enormous, skillfully executed murals.” –Martha Cooper“A great insight into the vibrant and extensive Santiago de Chile graffiti and mural scene.” – Pablo Aravena “With his keen eye, acute intellect, and boundless passion, Lord K2 takes us on a remarkable foray into Chile’s rich street art scene. In addition to showcasing an extraordinary array of urban interventions, Street Art Santiago features interviews that provide insights into the minds of the artists, as well as into the distinct history of Chilean graffiti and the society that fosters it.” –Lois Stavsky“In recent years, Chilean graffiti has come into the global spotlight, with many artists and enthusiasts journeying to cities such as Valparaiso and Santiago to discover what makes this particular corner of the street art world so visually exciting. Lord K2’s new book, Street Art Santiago, is a wonderful piece of documentary journalism, which explores the city’s rich mural art history through its strong political tradition of Latin-American Muralism to the vibrant street art movement in action today. This documentation is made particularly rewarding by the interviews given by the artists who share their lives, ideas, and working methods in an intimate social and cultural record. Through the artists’ voices, the book becomes an enlightening and often exhilarating journey that delivers an honest and powerful understanding of the processes and culture of street art. Above all, the images from the barrios speak for themselves. Santiago is a city in flux. Ancient facades meet new developments and abandoned buildings shelter layer upon layer of murals, reflecting the life of the city in a unique way, and making it an irresistible visual feast and an essential street art destination.” –Tristan Manco“With outstanding photography and unfiltered interviews, Lord K2 documents the vibrant and colorful street art and graffiti scene in one of the world’s most richly evolved urban art Meccas.” – ZEWOK 1