Posts Tagged ‘Graffiti’

cover-smallGraffiti explodes in periods of political and social changes and becomes itself a form of public power to resist authoritarian power. An artist, or group of artists, chooses a crowded street to convey the message in words or picture or both, that most of the times contain bitter sarcasm. The power of graffiti as a mean of free expression is increasingly alarming for many governments and ruling Systems. Repressive measures are taken to “shut-up” the voice of the streets; the best example of such reactions is that of UK with the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and UK MPs signing a charter saying “Graffiti is not art, it’s crime.”
In an attempt to trace the relationship between political awareness and the public mood reflected on city walls, Hani Naim dives into graffiti and the stories behind each wall painting in his book “Graffiti of Uprisings”. (more…)


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