Abstract opposition

    Jaime Gili, a Venezuelan artist, likes to paint boats, motorcycle helmets and windows. Among the other unconventional places where he dabbles his brush are walls. He was commissioned by the municipality of Sucre, located in Caracas, to paint some of his trademark abstract pieces in a underprivileged part of the town. This is particuarly of note because the Chávistas often have the monopoly on state-led graffiti, whereas Sucre is governed by the opposition. In the video, Jaime explains how deeply political his abstract art actually is.

    "This area is part of the municipality of Sucre, which is governed by the opposition-- it's not Chavista. So we talked to the community and visited many times to learn what they actually wanted. They already had the park made. My intervention was only art. But for me the art is political, because its like a liberation for people to go home and feel content with the art around them. Its a way to free yourself mentally (...) Political art doesn't have to be a figurative drawing of Simón Bolívar to be political (...) If you look up the history of abstract art in the 20th century, it's extremely linked to politics."