Juárez graffiti artists bound for Europe

An unidentified Juárez graffiti artist works on a contest entry Friday. Winners of the contest, sponsored by city community centers and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, won an all-expense-paid trip to Europe. (Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Competition finds the city’s best street art

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(Photo courtesy city of Juárez)

Four young Juárez artists will visit Greece and Portugal this summer as their prize in the city first Urban Graffiti Contest, according to a city news release.

Youth gathered outside the Benito Juárez Olympic Stadium early Friday morning for the contest coordinated by the city’s community centers and professional visual artists from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez.

The youthful artists painted fabric with scenes intended to depict daily life in the border city.

Judges included the university artists and two established Juárez urban artists. They chose winners representing Casas Grandes, Terrenos Nacionales, Kilómetro 27 and Granjas, according to the website of the newspaper Norte. The city did not provide names of the individual winners.

The original plan was to send representatives from the top three teams, but there was a tie for third place.

The competition involved 120 artists between the ages of 16 and 29 in 40 teams. One member from each of the top four teams will get to make the trip.

The trip abroad will take place in June and July. There, the artists will participate in a forum on urban art and will display works created by Juarenses. One goal of the trip is to establish a collaborative network of urban artists in Mexico, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

(Photo courtesy city of Juárez)




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