Kickstarter campaign – thank you!

We are truly humbled by the incredible support we’ve received for our Kickstarter project. As of Sunday night we met our financial target for the campaign, and have secured the essential funds we need to complete filming. This film has been a labour of love for us from the start, and we’re so happy that we’re going to be able to finish the film and do the story justice. To everyone who has backed this project, promoted it and helped make it possible – thank you.

We’ve just a few hours to go until the end of the campaign, and would still love for more people to get involved. We still have amazing rewards to offer backers. Any additional funding we receive at this stage will go towards making the film even better. It will gives us more time to film, more resource to organize painting sessions and even more opportunities to connect with artists outside of Buenos Aires

Whilst Kickstarter is coming to a close, we will still be campaigning to raise funds for editing, animation, post production and all the things we need to do to sculpt the raw footage into a finished film.So we hope you will continue to spread the word! The more people we can involve in this project, the better it will be for their support

Gracias y abrazos a todos!

Incredible artwork from Tester

Tester is an enigmatic and entirely self taught artist, and is one half of the artist collective rundontwalk. One of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated urban artists, Testers’ style is influenced by punk culture and firmly rooted in the art of sketching and freehand painting as opposed to conventional letter-based graffiti.

With his unique and intuitive visual style, Tester possesses a sense of creativity unaffected by conventional cultural and artistic norms. He incorporates a number of different styles and techniques into his work, combining his love of painting with stencil and screen printing.

Improvisation is essential to his process, and whilst Tester has filled dozens of sketchbooks, the majority of his paintings on canvas and found objects are created in the moment.

His most characteristic works are dense and explosive, and tend to straddle the boundary between figurative and abstract. Tester frequently integrates stamped words and lines of text into his pieces, but insists that there is no meaning to be found, or at least none encoded intentionally. Packed into his pieces are strange animals, bizarre faces and abstract phrases that hint at meaning but defy attempts to grasp it.

Here are some examples of Tester’s stunning work. Pledge $500 USD to the White Walls Kickstarter campaign and you’ll be rewarded with a medium format (50×70 approx) piece of original art.

For more information visit our project page:




"Talking Walls" in The Malba

We are delighted to be hosting a talk in the Malba this evening titled  ‘The talking walls – reflections on urban interventions’

The talk will feature a series of discussions from key artists and academics. Participants are: Juan Carlos Romero, Ral Veroni, Claudia Kozak, Alfredo Segatori “Pelado”, Dano, Pastel, Jaz, Hollywood in Cambodia crew, FASE + DOMA.

For more information check out Malba’s page here.

At the end of the talk we’ll be presenting the trailer for our documentary “White Walls Say Nothing” which is the first film to explore urban art and activism in Buenos Aires.

Tickets are selling out fast so be sure to arrive early to secure a seat.

‘Paredes que Hablan’ Monday 22 October 6-8pm in the Malba, Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Buenos Aires

Entry is $40 pesos or $20 for Friends of the Malba or students with ID

All proceeds go to the Constantini Foundation 


‘White Walls Say Nothing’ Plans to Paint the Screens. Kickstarter for documentary about Buenos Aires street artists.

The Roots of Urban Art in Buenos Aires

The contemporary urban art scene in Buenos Aires is a product of the city’s turbulent history and tradition of public expression. To understand the role it plays in public life we need to examine the roots of this form of expression, and challenge preconceptions about what graffiti and street art represent.

Using art to connect with the masses was once a pretty revolutionary idea. Almost 100 years ago a socially and politically motivated art movement was born in Mexico which quickly spread throughout Latin America. This movement used public space to communicate with, engage and inspire the public by injecting art into their daily lives.

Mexican muralism left an important mark on Argentina, but due to the repressive political climate at the time, the Mexican muralists who travelled to Argentina were unable to paint the large scale public pieces that characterised the movement.

Faced with the impossibility of transplanting large scale public muralism in the country, Mexican artists such as David Siqueiros instead adapted to the unique local environment and its own particular needs and ultimately introduced the technique of stencil instead. With this technique he empowered the early movements of political painting that he saw in urban centers with a more efficient and productive method with which to challenge the dictatorship of the time.

Local artists, like Antonio Berni, were inspired by Mexican muralism and responded to the repressive climate by developing mobile murals – large format pieces painted on transportable canvases which could be shown in public.

Throughout Argentina’s troubled history its people have found themselves subjected to a traumatic cycle of democracy, military dictatorship and economic catastrophe. This cycle of repression has ultimately nurtured the desire for expression within the Argentine public. Through repressing the public’s right to express themselves, military regimes contributed to the public’s understanding and appreciation of the value of freedom of expression.

Explosions of demonstration, protest and action in the public space were widespread during the regular periods between military rule. Argentina began to develop its own visual language of protest and resistance, and the streets became a vital channel for public expression.

With such a turbulent history it is no surprise that movements of political graffiti and activist art have been important fixtures in Argentina throughout the past century.  The streets have been filled with posters, stencils, paintings and graffiti of all kinds for as long as anyone in Argentina can remember.  The only periods in Buenos Aires’ history when the streets were empty of expression and the walls remained white where when people were being forcefully repressed.

Understanding this tradition of expression changes how we view everything in the streets of Buenos Aires.

The stencil has almost 100 years of history as a tool for activism and expression.  When stencil art exploded onto the streets in the aftermath of the 2001 economic crisis, it drew upon the symbolic power the stencil holds within Argentine society.

When the streets became suffocated with propaganda and negativity following the economic crisis, art collectives such as DOMA & FASE tried to restore positivity to public space by creating artwork which broke up the monotony of political graffiti. They targeted neglected parts of the city and painted colourful cartoon characters at enormous scales – simple, vibrant images which contrasted with their surroundings. It was a bold concept which helped redefine the relationship people had with public space. However it’s a concept that is lost on anyone who doesn’t appreciate the context in which these artists were working, and can’t see beyond the characters themselves.

One of the most striking aspects of the art scene is the sheer scale and complexity of some of the street paintings. Abstract works cover entire buildings in a sea of colour, whilst towering figures stare down from the sides of residential apartment blocks. Some works are painted with permission, some are not. Visitors to the city struggle to understand how such feats are possible without extensive planning, or how artists can work during the day without being arrested. It’s a valid question, but to understand the city’s tolerance for expression, you need to understand the country’s history.

We’ve spent four years sharing the stories of the walls of Buenos Aires. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is being able to transform the way people look at the walls, the art, what it communicates and what it represents.

Through our documentary “White Walls Say Nothing” we hope to capture more of these stories and bring them to a wider audience. They are stories that deserve to be shared.

If you are interested in this documentary, please consider supporting our project on Kickstarter.

"White Walls Say Nothing" Kickstarter Campaign goes live

For the past four years, graffitimundo has been dedicated to building the profile of Buenos Aires’ thriving urban art scene, working in close collaboration with a network of its leading artists.

Two years ago graffitimundo began a project to document the scene and explore its roots. We began to research the evolution of urban art, unearthing archive footage from different eras in the city’s history. We have interviewed a broad range of artists, capturing their art, their vision and their stories. Our aim is to make a feature documentary which explores urban art and activism, and the changing role of expression in public space.

We have a brilliant team that has put two years work into this project. But in order to finish filming, and truly do the project justice we need some financial support, to cover some of the essential costs of production.

To help support our project, we have launched a fundraising campaign through the online platform Kickstarter. For anyone unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a funding platform for creative projects. The beauty of Kickstarter is that we can involve people in the production of our film and reward their support at the same time.

You can visit our kickstarter page until October 31st, to learn about our documentary and make a donation in exchange for unique rewards, including original artwork from some of the scene’s leading artists.

Kickstarter functions on an all-or-nothing premise. We are giving ourselves 30 days to reach our fundraising goal, and if we fall short, we get nothing. So even if you don’t feel you could contribute much – please know that every dollar counts! And every effort you make to help promote the project helps us reach new potential backers.

The full kickstarter project link is here:

Here’s a trailer for the film we want to make. With your support we can make it happen. We hope you will back our project!