Juan Lorenzo Barragan, writer and editor of the publication Grafica Popular en Ecuador - Popular Graphics in Ecuador - talked to us via Skype, shedding some light onto the creative process behind X Andrade's work, his fascination with hand painted signs and their role in Ecuador's visual vernacular.
The takeaway? For some, sign painting denotes a kind of primitive provincialism, while for others it reflects the core values of a community that lives at the margins of commercialism and multinational branding.
That same "unrefined" language of the sign painting can be found in Highland Park and many other inner city neighborhoods across Los Angeles, reflecting the influx of migrants that may come from places as far as the town of Las Playas in Ecuador.
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