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Legal graffiti hits the walls of Mexico City

March 6, 2009 |  9:51 am

In a country with such a rich heritage of mural art, graffiti is also a popular pastime for many of Mexico┬┤s youth.

Last week, Henry Chalfant, a photographer and filmmaker who has focused his career on documenting the form of street art, paid a visit to el Faro, a community arts center in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City called Iztapalapa. The event was organized by Graffitarte, a Mexico City-based arts group.

Some of the young people who came to the event were there specifically to see Chalfant. Others just wanted the chance to paint graffiti in a place where it is permitted. Watch the video for more.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City