Saturday night at the teen center was special. It was the teens and Acción Poetica en Huaycán, which means teens and action poetry in Huaycan.

Recently the new mayor of the capital of Peru has ordered the elimination of all public murals from the historical center. There has been quite a kerfuffle in the public, artist and author communities condemning this decision.

10998827_10206375299125080_638889555468176541_oThe teens participated with fierce enthusiasm, reading out loud the works of Peruvian authors. They emphasized the spirit of protest against mayor’s decision from famous Peruvian authors and artists through engaging presentations. Afterwards they picked phrases from the presentation and displayed them on the wall. Then they picked two phrases from the wall and put them together creating emotionally charged slogans which they then painted on the wall.

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Do you think this decision to paint over public murals will make Lima ‘proper’ or ‘poor’?

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