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Revista de Arquitectura (Bogotá)

Print version ISSN 1657-0308On-line version ISSN 2357-626X


MARULANDA-MONTES, Andrea; MEJIA-AMEZQUITA, Valentina  and  GIRALDO-OSPINA, Tania. Street art as a transforming tool for a new citizenship. Muralism in Manizales, Colombia. Rev. Arquit. (Bogotá) [online]. 2022, vol.24, n.2, pp.50-60.  Epub Nov 27, 2022. ISSN 1657-0308.

Nowadays, street art - specifically, murals and graffiti - has contributed different imaginaries from those insinuated in planned cities with a positivist and rationalist heritage, and although there is little research on this subject in Colombia, there is an emerging field of study with ample possibilities for its understanding in relation to the appropriation of public space and other ways of conceiving, understanding, and inhabiting the city. This article attempts to glimpse the role played by contemporary artistic expressions of muralism in the inhabiting of urban space in Manizales. This work focuses on the inventory of murals made between 2012 and 2020 and the subsequent reflection on the socializing dynamics to rethink the public in the city. The research methodology was qualitative, based on a hermeneutic and phenomenological analysis. A geographic information system (GIS) was used to group the murals into four categories: artists, themes, places and festivals or urban art narratives. The results show predominancies and common aspects in relation to the defined categories, which allowed a reflective exercise based on the observation of the phenomenon itself. This work allowed a critical look at muralism in the city, identifying it as a participant in the appearance of differentiated places and as an expression that contributes to create imaginaries different from the established ones, suggesting the transformation of public space.

Keywords : city; contemporary art; cultural transformation; mural; public space.

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