Since early May, the community of Cuauhtémoc in Mexico City has united to condemn the sudden disappearance of hand-painted signs in the area. Their removal started in February by order of the new mayor, Sandra Cuevas, in an attempt to establish “order and discipline” in the borough. About 1,500 street stands have now been 'cleaned', and stamped with the new administration’s logo.
Lost Identity & Resistance
These signs are an integral part of the city's visual identity. Its inhabitants have grown fond of their colourful imagery as they stroll down the main avenues searching for the perfect torta—the traditional sandwich that most of the stands sell.