Graffiti with a message

ANALYSIS OF GRAFFITI WITH A MESSAGE


With this activity, we try to know and analyze a few examples of that kind of graffiti which is used to express political or social ideas, that is to say, what we have called graffiti with a message.

Many contemporary analysts and even art critics have begun to see artistic value in some graffiti and to recognize it as a form of public art. According to many art researchers, particularly in the Netherlands and in Los Angeles, that type of public art is, in fact an effective tool of social emancipation or in the achievement of a political goal. In times of conflict, murals such as the Berlin wall, have offered a means of communication and self-expression for members of these socially, ethnically and/or racially divided communities, and have proven themselves as effective tools in establishing dialogue and thus of addressing cleavages in the long run.


EXAMPLE OF ANALYSIS OF A GRAFFITI WITH A MESSAGE

PICTURE
ARTIST anonymous
YEAR 2008
PLACE Philip St, Bedminster, Bristol, UK (opposite Windmill City Farm)
MESSAGE “go to work, send your kids to school

follow fashion, act normal

walk on the pavements, watch T.V.

save for your old age, obey the law

Repeat after me: I am free”

YOUR MESSAGE What are you free from?

Here is a chart you will have to complete once you have found some examples of this kind of graffiti. Just copy and paste the table and complete it with the information needed.

PICTURE

ARTIST
YEAR
PLACE
MESSAGE
YOUR MESSAGE

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