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Che Guevara & Albizu Campos get a touchup in El Barrio

A 12-year-old mural on 105th St. and Third Ave. showing off the faces of the iconic Latin American rebels is getting much-needed TLC from local graffiti artists, including some who worked on it originally.
"The value of this mural goes way beyond the art itself or the artists," says artist Xen Medina, who’s working on the renovation. “It would also open new doors on conversations about history and the legacy of these icons.”
The street-art work is named “Dos alas” (“Two Wings”), echoing Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tío, whose 1893 verse “Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird” appears in the mural.
Argentine Revolutionary Guevara (1928-1967) and Puerto Rican nationalist Campos (1893-1965) are superimposed to a Puerto Rican and Cuban flag.
"I remember that the neighbors came to the spot with chairs, when we started working. We had food, some cuchifritos and even congas," recalls graffiti artist Not4Prophet, who worked on the mural in 1999 and also now. "It was a real celebration."
Vagabond, another returning artist, added: “We’re not talking about Puerto Ricans or Cubans or El Barrio, we’re speaking a universal language of freedom and ideals that will last forever.”
The initiative is the first volunteer project of the artists collective LLAMA - Luisa’s Liberation Artists Making Action, named in honor of Puerto Rican feminist Luisa Capetillo.
"We’re on a mission to preserve an art legacy that is priceless for our community," says LLAMA member Marina Ortiz.  “But also pay homage to freedom fighters in our history with the conception of new murals”.

Che Guevara & Albizu Campos get a touchup in El Barrio

A 12-year-old mural on 105th St. and Third Ave. showing off the faces of the iconic Latin American rebels is getting much-needed TLC from local graffiti artists, including some who worked on it originally.

"The value of this mural goes way beyond the art itself or the artists," says artist Xen Medina, who’s working on the renovation. “It would also open new doors on conversations about history and the legacy of these icons.”

The street-art work is named “Dos alas” (“Two Wings”), echoing Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tío, whose 1893 verse “Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird” appears in the mural.

Argentine Revolutionary Guevara (1928-1967) and Puerto Rican nationalist Campos (1893-1965) are superimposed to a Puerto Rican and Cuban flag.

"I remember that the neighbors came to the spot with chairs, when we started working. We had food, some cuchifritos and even congas," recalls graffiti artist Not4Prophet, who worked on the mural in 1999 and also now. "It was a real celebration."

Vagabond, another returning artist, added: “We’re not talking about Puerto Ricans or Cubans or El Barrio, we’re speaking a universal language of freedom and ideals that will last forever.”

The initiative is the first volunteer project of the artists collective LLAMA - Luisa’s Liberation Artists Making Action, named in honor of Puerto Rican feminist Luisa Capetillo.

"We’re on a mission to preserve an art legacy that is priceless for our community," says LLAMA member Marina Ortiz.  “But also pay homage to freedom fighters in our history with the conception of new murals”.

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