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Want to know the stories behind Toxicomano, Guacheand others? Want to learn how graffiti fits into Bogotá’s history and allure?
Bogotá has become a world reference in graffiti. It boasts impressive murals and street art that place it above cities like Miami, Amsterdam, Rio, and Ciudad de México. Its rise as one of the key city-canvases in Latin America has made it an attractive destination for the curious tourist and the bold artist. Would you have guessed?
As with graffiti everywhere else, Bogotá’s history with the art has often been tense. But great art can overcome negative labels. Right now, no one would call it vandalism. It has struggled but has earned its place and the city is better for it. The mixture of social and political commentary with a twist of local and foreign styles make Bogotá’s graffiti truly a sight to behold.
So, join us in this tour not only of Colombia’s history as told by art, but a tour of Bogotá as a curated museum of amazing artists!
Our tour starts in front of Bogotá’s Art Museum of the Central Bank, where we’ll go through an overview of the city’s art history in relation to graffiti. Here we’ll see pieces by some of our local artists, like Ledaniaand a 3 manos.
Following our brief introduction, we’ll jump to Chorro de Quevedo and visit a narrow street packed with graffiti that retell our indigenous ancestry and its relation of the city. Here you’ll get to know the work of Carlos Trilleras, all inspired in Colombia’s indigenous cultures. Then we’ll stop by a couple murals painted by Wosnianand Ocio 4, two graffiti groups.
The next stop is at La Concordia market square. This market square has been an important tension spot, meeting point and melting pot of ideas and influences. It has been key in defining the identity of downtown Bogotá and the kinds of ideas street artist put in their works.
We’ll keep moving through picturesque streets, scanning more graffiti along the way. You’ll get to see some of the best graffiti authored by women and their role in the propagation of this art. Authors like Bastardilla, Lik mi, Zas, Hera, and others color and give life to this part of the city.
Next, we will stop at the Eje Ambiental, a promenade that marks the northern limit of Bogotá’s historical center. Here we can see how some artists intervene some local monuments with their art. This promenade will take us to the Journalists’ Park, where journalists, poets and writers used to gather in the 60s.
The last stop on our tour will be at Hostal SC. Here we will close our artsy tour with some final words and artists and visit an amazing souvenir shop where you’ll find articles with all the art we saw throughout our walk.