A Mural As Political Statement

2 Oct

The murals in Mexico and specifically Bacalar bring art to the streets and into every day life. (The Artistry of Bacalar). The newest mural graces the wall of restaurant El Manatí, owned by our friends Isa and Abram. You may remember them from a previous post (The Artist Next Door).

Danae Brissonnet,  a visiting muralist captures the political tension of the developing Bacalar and the ramifications for people and environment. Families are being pushed from their homes to make way for hotels, restaurants and stores selling to tourists. The fragile ecosystem of the Laguna is threatened by motor boats, pesticides and fertilizers all used to support growth.


Meting Dannae and hearing her talk about her amazing mural was a real treat.

The giant piñata is swallowing up the people and spitting them out into new housing.


The scary face of development swallowing the poor.


People displaced from their homes.


I loved the colors and detail.

The giant piñata rests on the fragile stromatolites that are Bacalar’s equivalent to coral reefs and are a Mexican national treasure. While the piñata is big and scary, it is itself fragile. The choices of the people of Bacalar, the tourist industry and the visitors to this Pueblo Majico will determine its future. DOS TORTAS


10 Responses to “A Mural As Political Statement”

  1. Lorrie Jones at 11:26 am #

    Lovely post! See you both later this month:)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. brucekelley at 12:11 pm #

    Great art work, Alex, thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amy Lifton at 3:59 pm #

    Wow – that is am amazing mural! And a sad allegory.

    On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 12:13 PM, the adventures of dos tortas wrote:

    > afish25 posted: “The murals in Mexico and specifically Bacalar bring art > to the streets and into every day life. (The Artistry of Bacalar). The > newest mural graces the wall of restaurant El Manatí, owned by our friends > Isa and Abram. You may remember them from a previous ” >

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    • afish25 at 5:24 pm #

      It was very cool to meet her and have her walk us through her vision.


  4. Karen Hodgens at 4:11 pm #

    It seems that greed is everywhere with a sad lack of interest in how it can destroy the very reason that people want to visit. “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” was true then and now.


  5. momedna at 6:11 pm #

    Thank you. These are wonderful works of art, very inspiring and beautiful. Sadly, this is happening all over the world! My son-in-law flies to China often and tells us this same thing is happening there. Many people are being put out of their homes where families have lived for centuries to make way for high rises, etc. I hope the emphasis on the environment will continue and make life good for all people everywhere. I know this is pie in the sky, but we have to try! Aunt Edna


  6. emilievardaman at 5:42 am #

    Sad to see that tourism/development has gone so far. It is a very fragile balance. I recognize some of this problem in my own town.
    The real estate industry, spinning homes into profit, has moved home ownership out of the hands of so many in the US. In the 1950s a person could buy a house if she had a job that paid a little over minimum wage. That is far, far from today’s reality.

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    • afish25 at 12:44 pm #

      The Government here tries to control development. Unfortunately they are loosing the battle. Mexicans bristle at regulation and would rather pay fines and do what they want. Friends in high places and contributions to politicians, as it seems to be everywhere, makes it difficult. As expats, we walk a fine line. There are Mexicans who care and fight the good fight. We do our best to support them.


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