The Chilean singer based in Mexico, Mon Laferte, caused controversy after painting a mural in the city of Valparaíso , specifically in the Cerro Alegre sector, an area highly visited by tourists and protected for its heritage value, on the central coast of Chile.
The work in question is called "Day one" and it was painted on a wall of a typical Buenos Aires house. Its approximate dimension is 12 meters high, and according to Mon Laferte herself, her creation deals with “our menstrual cycle, our moods in those days and the guatita (stomach) pains. When I was little I would faint from the pain ”, she declared.
However, the creation of the work was not well received by the authorities. According to the regional secretary for Culture, Constance Harvey, the artist would be exposed to a fine, since the Council of National Monuments confirmed that the singer did not have the approval to paint the mural, something that will be reviewed in the next few hours. regional culture of culture also added that "Valparaíso is full of hills and places where to improve, beautify and not leave a selfish and individualistic manifestation on a platform," he indicated .
"We are working with something super regulated with the general impact of the sites of sponsorship or buffer zone. We must do a joint work with the neighbors and work on the knowledge and protection of the attributes that make the sector a Heritage site ”, added Constance Harvey.
Despite the rejection of the authorities, the same neighbors of the place expressed your support for the work done by the Chilean artist. "In this neighborhood there is good urban art, good murals, even by graffiti artists worldwide, this mural is a work of art that enriches the heritage of Valparaíso because street art improves the heritage of the city," said one of them.
The defense of Mon Laferte
Faced with the position of the Government entity, Mon Laferte defended himself from criticism through messages on his social networks. In a first publication, she wrote “Here comes the soap opera on the mural” along with a photo of her painting.
In a second publication, the artist published Chilean news media covers that made reference to her painting, accompanied by the phrases “First that the fine "and another that said" After the lady did not like it. "
At the end of his defense, Laferte published a message with the text" I say that Chile has real problems to address, let's talk about the arts in the streets. Let's talk about Francisco "said the singer, referring to Francisco Martinez, young juggler shot dead by police in the town of Panguipulli.
In addition, the artist told his followers the existence of another mural of his own in Valparaiso, together to the cooperation of the Océana Foundation. This work is located in the area of Cerro Cárcel in Valparaíso, near Cerro Alegre and has been established in recent years as a pole of relevant cultural attraction. In the case of the latter, it would have the authorization of the authorities.