For the third time in less than a week, a San Francisco art gallery's mural that mixes Lowrider or "cholo" culture with LGBTQ themes has been vandalized.
The Mission District's Galeria de la Raza announced on its Facebook page Sunday that Manuel Paul's giant digital mural Por Vida had been defaced with black spray paint some time overnight. The mural, which is printed on heavy paper, had been replaced on Thursday after it was vandalized in a similar fashion, on two separate occasions, just a few days before.
Por Vida shows a gay couple, a lesbian couple and a transsexual man, all dressed like cholos, with the two couples embracing. The piece was a part of the gallery's new exhibit The Q-Sides, which is described on its website as challenging "long-held assumptions regarding the traditional exclusivity of heterosexuality in lowrider culture."
"The defacement and re-defacement of the current digital mural by Manuel Paul of Maricón Collective has only proven the credibility of its purpose," a statement on Galeria de la Raza's Facebook page said. "Galeria de la Raza believes in the importance of continued dialogue about LGBTQ visibility, awareness, and acceptance in the Mission District and within the greater Latino communities."