Can murals translate to postcards?

So my knowledge of Chilean art is pretty low. In fact my knowledge of Chilean anything is pretty low, which is why I was delighted to be invited to the opening of Chilean artist MACAY's latest exhibition at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch.

It shows new works by emerging Chilean artist Macarena YaƱez, and is entitled ‘11677.595km’. That is the distance in km from Santiago (Chile) to London - the distance MACAY had to travel for the show.
Street art is a predominantly male genre, but MACAY is putting a deliberate feminine twist on her aesthetic, with flowers, fruit and fifties fashion. It's nice... I would expect to see these patterns on a folder in Paperchase, and I'd probably buy it. 

It's kind of odd though; it's not the type of street art I'm used to. British street art has real roots in socio political comment (think about every Banksy ever), so it was bizarre to see more two-dimensional works in Shoreditch - a part of London that is heavily populated with street murals.

But later on, we saw one of her murals down the road and it was amazing. Maybe street art belongs on the street. It just seems a little contrived when put in a gallery setting.


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