The Art of Self-Protection: Interview with Los Tlakolulokos

Kay Gallivan


This dialogue with Darío Canul and Cosijoesa Cernas explores the ideals, artistic practices, and political contexts that characterize their Oaxacan art collective, the Tlakolulokos. The Tlakolulokos began during the 2006 Oaxaca Uprising, one of many periods of political upheaval in twentieth century Mexico that catalyzed the development of political graphic and mural art. While the Tlakolulokos draw influence from their contemporaries and predecessors in the Mexican art world, their participation in the unique political atmosphere of Southern Rural Mexico differentiates them from other Mexican political art collectives.

Translated by Elise Cote Velazquez


Tlakolulokos, graffiti, street art, graphic art, Mexico, Oaxac


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