Oaxaca is one of those cities that got me in my gut. If you’ve ever visited the capital of Oaxaca state, I’d be amazed if you weren’t completely taken with it too. The streets are lined with brightly coloured houses and on the corners of every street you will find a vendor cooking up tlayudas (a very thin crunchy kind of Mexican pizza, made with corn of course), selling Oaxacan string cheese by the ball, and serving up fresh juices. For all of Oaxaca’s laid back charm, it’s also a pretty radical city. In 2006, this quaint tourist city was the site of some full-on protests, as a result of the police opening fire on a peaceful teachers’ strike. As well as playful graffiti, Oaxaca’s politics is identifiable all over the city walls. Here are a few photos I captured from my time in Oaxaca in 2010.
(Since writing this post, I actually moved to Oaxaca and found LOADS more street art. Make sure you check out Part 2 of my Oaxaca street art posts!)