With his spray-paint cans and his stencils, SUFYR gives back shine to dull walls, rusty doors and forgotten places. He embellishes them either with colorful portraits or more sober ones. His models? Faces of famous people who touch him, strangers with moving looks, political figures, mocked in many contexts, or anonymous, his daily heroes. French street artist based in le-Cannet-des-Maures (Var,France), Alexandre PLAUT alias SUFYR has been performing since 2014 where street life and the eyes of passers-by don’t go anymore. “I want to draw attention where people don’t bother to look anymore, appropriate abandoned places to exist”.
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Nazza Stencil, o Nazza Plantilla, es un artista de La Matanza, Buenos Aires, Argentina cuyo trabajo es una realización estética de sus ideales. Al verse a sí mismo como un “artífice” que utiliza herramientas entre las cuales esta también el arte, cada una de las intervenciones abordar un tema específico, el desarrollo en el plano artístico y ponerla en el centro de la esfera pública. Pinta hace mas de 20 años.
Submission thanks to: TXMX, Peter, Josiah, Brooklyn Street Art, NY Streetart, evanwier, and Everything4Everyone
Music: Monk, Dylan.
This photo: artist - FAKE; photo - evanwier (Reddit)
This week’s submissions, A-Zed:
Chile (protest walls)
Los Angeles (just one)
Netherlands (just one)
NYC (just one)
>NEW< Pobel (NO)
Pøbel (Norwegian, meaning hooligan) is a pseudonymous Norwegian street artist based in Stavanger. He is best known for the Getto spedalsk (Ghetto leperous) project, decorating abandoned buildings in the Lofoten islands in the north of Norway, along with notable collaborator Dolk.
The Writings on the City’s Walls: Street Art and Graffiti in Santiago, Chile in a Time of Social Revolution
FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Reporting: Street Art NYC (LINK)
The following post is by Houda Lazrak:
While visiting Santiago, Chile in late December, I sat down with Santiago-based architect and street art/graffiti expert Sebastián Cuevas Vergara. We met a few blocks from one of Santiago’s main urban landmarks, Plaza Baquedano, now known as Plaza de la Dignidad or Dignity Square — the main site of Chile’s protests against social inequality that erupted last October following a hike in subway fares.
Every Friday afternoon, thousands gather in Plaza de la Dignidad to express their frustration with the high cost of living, rising rents, government corruption and an unsustainable social welfare system. The walls in the vicinity are plastered with protest posters, tags, graffiti, wheatpastes and other varied urban interventions.
Sebastián shared some of his thoughts and observations about the current state of public space in Santiago:
So much has changed here since I last visited Chile in 2013. What are you up to at the moment?
I am currently teaching a street art class at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Chile. This a particularly pertinent moment to be talking about people’s relation to public space in view of all the street art that has surfaced since the social crisis started.
Yes, it does seem extremely relevant.
I have a thesis: Santiago is the city with the most diverse graffiti in the world at the moment. There is poetic graffiti, urban graffiti, feminist graffiti, political graffiti…
And so many posters too!
The languages of the streets are changing. When the protests started, designers started making posters: a simple, straightforward, immediate response. Posters and graphics have been part of Chilean identity since the 1970s, so this was quickly picked up again.
Is this happening mainly in the city center?
It is concentrated in the center of the city. This is where it has the most significance, near ‘zona cero’ where the protests surface every Friday.
How have the graffiti and street art changed in Santiago since the social revolution erupted?
There are several changes. First, many artists are no longer signing their works. The personal nature of graffiti is not of essence now. Artists are, instead, giving their art to the movement. This is particularly interesting, because the graffiti scene in Santiago is very competitive. Second, works are much larger in scale because artists are collaborating. Third, performance art is integrated into the protests and with the graffiti and street art. Finally, feminist street art is now at the forefront. The work of groups like the Chilean feminist collective LASTESIS has gone viral.
Wash those hands! Be safe! Maybe don't go out painting right now??
Music: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Echo and the Bunnymen
Submissions, photos by: Josiah, niklaq, RobertPower415
This photo: In Sacramento, CA (RobertPower415/reddit)
……. San Francisco ………
Once again, Stencil Archive welcomes the annual submissions from one of the site's longest-running collaborators. We always enjoy seeing what's going on in the streets of (mostly) Hamburg, DE and TXMX gets the goods. Thanks always, and hope all is well with you over in the EU zones.
The ass bubbles stencil: art by zoon; photo by TXMX (Hamburg, DE)
Since you're supposed to be inside and distanced, get a little closer with three dozen TXMX photos of art in the Hamburg streets. More artist uploads coming soon!
Thanks for submissions: Brooklyn Street Art/Jaime Rojo, Raven, and Josiah
Musical support: the best band from Vermont
Coming soon: The 2020 TXMX uploads (all Hamburg)!
Photo: Ensemble Reel wheatpaste on Haight St., SF, CA
>NEW< Ensemble Reel (FR)
>NEW< amazing cut paper art of Pippa Dyrlaga (UK)
Berlin (photos: Jaime Rojo)
>NEW< Sajjad Abbas (IQ)
Praxis (just one; photo: Jaime Rojo)
Oakland, CA (just one)
Upper Haight, SF
24th Street, SF