Murals of Boedo on the streets with San Lorenzo De Almagro

Argentine football is divided by neighborhood identity and rivalry. As Club Atletico San Lorenzo De Almagro the club finds its true roots in the neighborhood of Boedo. In this tiny enclave of the Argentine Capital, San Lorenzo is king, and the murals on every street corner are a constant reminder of where you are. Here, there are two groups who paint the town; Boedo Pinta, and Grupo Artístico de Boedo.

Argentine football is divided by neighborhood identity and rivalry.  As Club Atletico San Lorenzo De Almagro the club finds its true roots in the neighborhood of Boedo.  In this tiny enclave of the Argentine Capital, San Lorenzo is king, and the murals on every street corner are a constant reminder of where you are.  Here, there are two groups who paint the town; Boedo Pinta, and Grupo Artístico de Boedo.The two are work in different styles, and have very different relationships with the club.  Grupo Artistico de Boedo focus on more realist figures, pop art, and using literal images of club legends to evoke pride in their team.  Their materials and spaces are often provided from the football club itself, showing how deeply entrenched they are in the local community.On the other hand you have Boedo Pinta, a group of local artists in the neighborhood of Boedo, who make their murals with the support of the neighborhood, who offer them facades of their buildings, and the occasional use can of paint.  Boedo Pinta, a group of about 20 young fans, depict the symbolism around the club, finding inspiration from different fonts, local emblems, and traditions.

Jessica, the winner of In Search Of South America, also came down from Brazil to tell the story of San Lorenzo.  Here is a photo series she took, capturing the Grupo Artístico de Boedo’s murals. Enjoy and stay tuned for our videos from Argentina coming soon!