We so often take graffiti and public art for granted as a mechanism of pure expression, rather than weaponry or some aspect of political agency. But a Bolivian collective of artists known as Mujeres Creando, roughly translating to “Women Creating,” has been using the forms to provoke the establishment in La Paz for the last two decades. This new video posted by MOCA TV emphasizes graffiti and public performance as political capital by the group of women, who “use creativity as a fight space,” one member articulates in what amounts to a statement of purpose.
Rhiannon Platt mentioned the collective in her Global Track column this morning, as way of bringing attention to the heightened trend of political content in the work of street artists in the last year. But there’s something incredible and demure about this video, despite the severity of the subject matter. “We are not artists. We are street stirrers,” says one member in a radio broadcast that is shown in the film. “We are not activists either because we do not create politically correct things,” she goes on. Check this amazing video above and read more about the collective here.