Nierika (Guadalajara)

Guadalajara, Mexico. With a few hours of free time, I took an Uber to see Nierika, a 2017 Street Art project by Boa Mistura. I was curious because I had seen an astonishing aerial photo of it. It's a super graphic filling the central courtyard of a housing project, in honor of the Wixaritari (Huichol) people who come from the Sierra Madre region of Mexico. The Nierika is a type of mandala used to bring order to daily life. 

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One side represents the peyote cactus with it's pink flower, and its psychotropic powers, the ability "to see".

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Typography fills the other three sides, defined by negative space. The word FUI (I was) represents the richness of their culture's past.

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The word SOY (I am) represents the strength to keep their culture alive in the present.

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The word SERE (I will be) represents the knowledge to keep their identity in the future.

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Narrow walkways pass through brilliantly apartment buildings.

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Painted on the central pavement is the Tsi + kri, a Nierika of creation and a source of protection. This is the powerful image visible from an airplane. The year old painting was not pristine but the space had a real energetic feeling. The typography seemed to be in fractured motion on the undulating facade of the buildings. The effect of the space is a kaleidoscope in a box of time.

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