Today was a great day to start off the weekend. It was cool and sunny outside, which was the perfect weather for our walking tours. We started off in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood. The streets were beautiful, from the trees and cobblestone that lined the road to the amazing street art and murals among various walls and buildings throughout the town. The relaxing feel of the town in the morning gave us a much needed break after a week of lectures and site visits all day.
After our tour the Palermo Hollywood, we then ventured into Palermo Soho, which is the neighboring area. The buildings and walls here also had many intricate murals with bold colors that really gave the city a comforting vibe. While here, we were able to take a break to explore Palermo Soho. While most of the group went to check out the open air market, a couple friends and I stayed behind at a small café that was one of the most unique places that I have seen so far. We were able to relax, while munching on eggs and toast and drinking freshly squeezed orange juice. After our brunch, we still had a little bit of time to check out the open air market with the rest of the group, which offered a lot of unique handmade items for sale, before heading off to our next stop.
Our next stop was the Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum, and some of the pieces were very interesting. Although I did not take a picture of it, the piece that intrigued me the most was one in which a girl was locked inside of a cage, with a tiger looking in on her from the outside. She had a frightened look on her face, while the tiger seemed happy to be watching her.
I think this was my favorite piece just because there is so much social commentary and meaning behind it. It is a display of how we would feel if we were in the same situations as the animals that we put in zoos and other various exhibits throughout the world. We would not want to be locked in a cage and spied on by dangerous looking (or even friendly) animals, as we would feel restricted and oppressed. So why do we not think animals do not feel the same way when we lock them up in cages to look at them for our own pleasure? Overall, I think that it was just commenting on the fact that every action has multiple perspectives, and in order to understand the actions of ourselves or another person – or animal in this case – we must look at it from all points of view, because it may seem different from our end than it does from someone else’s.