“Un niño con hojas de coca” by Aner & Tikay in Cochabamba, Bolivia

In Bolivia street art is often related to the tradition and the symbolism of the country. In Cochabamba, Chilean duo Aner & Tikay realize a big mural representing a child surrounded by frond. The coca leave is the key to understand this artwork because it has an important role in different aspect of Bolivian society. Economic as is used as a form of currency, social as an essential symbol in all public and private events and magic as part of ritual ceremonies. Andean cosmovision is for these mapuche artists the main message of their work which believes that everything in the universe is part of a web of filaments. In this perspective, body, soul, nature and cosmo are strictly connected each other generating a flow of energy. Taking a step of their mestizo origin, Aner & Tikay want to show the costums and traditions of a dual cultural heritage created by the union of indigenous culture with Spanish colonization, as identity fight.

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