In August, I was privileged to join Alfredo Libre Gutierrez in Ensenada to document a mural project at CEARTE, Ensenada Center for the Arts. Gutierrez was commissioned by the ICBC (Instituto Cultural de Baja California, Ensenada) to paint a mural. It was refreshing, he told me, to get an open commission and have control over the content and style of the work. Gutierrez used a famous image of Leon Tolstoy as the base for his mural, which depicts an old man bearing the weight of an endless stack of houses on his back.
The mural adds to a growing body of Gutierrez’s work engaged with the problem of homelessness in an era of globalization and gentrification in Mexico.
Collaborating on this two-day project were well-known Tijuana-based urban artist Shente Israel Elizondo, and Tijuana artist/photographer Eddy Lizarraga.
You can see the mural at CEARTE, located at Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas y Av. Club Rotario, Zona Centro Ensenada, B.C.