Cultural Project: Indigenous Mural Art in Latin America

Cultural Project: Indigenous Mural Art in Latin America

Transforming a wall into a conversation piece: indigenous wall art in

‘As They Pass By – Walls of Connection’


Did you know that 50% of the world’s indigenous people live in urban areas? In these cities it is hard for indigenous groups to maintain their cultural practices and honour their cultural heritage. As we find indigenous cultural expression incredibly valuable, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation supports the organisation MasterPeace to realise their project “As They Pass By – Walls of Connection”. The project pays homage to four different indigenous cultures in four Latin American cities. There, indigenous artists are commissioned to produce a themed mural. Transforming urban spaces will increase visibility, promote understanding and showcase pride of indigenous culture.

The communities that will be collaborating in the project are the Zapotec community in Querétaro (Mexico), the Mapuche community in Valparaíso (Chile), the Guarani community in São Paulo (Brazil) and the the Embera community in Bogotá (Colombia). The project starts the summer of 2017 and has as goal to inspire pride, through the expression of art. By the process of painting and community engagement, the mural project can also be a catalyst for conversation, respect and understanding.


In the video you can see and hear the artist Victor Lopez, who we will be creating the first wall with in Querétaro, Mexico: “Art is my language and surpasses all frontiers.”  


Céline van Dormalen is MasterPeace’s Regional Director in Europe and comes from a Chilean-Mapuche-Pehuenche background herself. I believe in the power of indigenous street art. It is a modern form of storytelling to connect with other people and to show indigenous pride beyond borders”. 

Jimmy Nelson is just as enthusiastic: “With the murals we celebrate beauty and create pride. Indigenous cultures have knowledge that we in the Western world are not paying attention to. By creating visibility, we can connect different worlds.”

This project will enable local indigenous artists like Victor to show their talents and pay a thematic tribute to each of the earth’s directions of the Medicine Wheel, an important symbol in many indigenous cultures.


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About Master Peace

MasterPeace is an award-winning grassroots peace movement that officially launched in 2011, with hubs  in Cairo, Utrecht, Tbilisi, and Mexico City and is currently active through MasterPeace Clubs in 45+ countries, primarily in conflict areas, involving thousands of young peace builders.

MasterPeace’s vision is to inspire everyone to use their talent and energy for building peace and togetherness. MasterPeace will help lead the way to a more sustainable world and bring people together using music, art, creativity, positivity and inspiration.

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