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Maker: Arte Jaguar; Vain; SMEK
Date Made: Circa 2007
Place Made: Mexico: Oaxaca
Measurements: 180.34 cm x 124.46 cm; 71 in x 49 in
Main Subject: Oaxaca, Mexico (Latin America: Caribbean and Central America)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Vive :Oaxaca!! El Tiempo Vive en la Memoria SMEK 07
Acquisition Number: 2008-266
"El Tiempo Vive in La Memoria" is the title of a series by Smek and Aler. [question: did Aler work on this one too? Bullfight too?]
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SMEK combines his background as a graffiti artist with the stenciling that proliferated in Oaxaca during and after the 2006 uprising. Above he replaced the star usually shown on Che Guevara’s beret with “Vive,” as if to say that Che lives in the Oaxacan struggle. Below he repeatedly and almost illegibly stenciled El Tiempo Vive en la Memoria/Time Lives in the Memory, ending with the word VIVE used over and over. The clearest, largest and boldest word is “Oaxaca,” stenciled over the phrase. El Tiempo Vive en la Memoria is the title of a 2004 cd by pioneering rock band La Maldita one of the most influential rock bands in Mexico. From the urban working class, their lyrics narrate the problems, adventures, and beauty of a society anxious to improve its economic status, and most recently about the crisis that Mexican society faces in a rapidly changing global economy.