Graffiti Art - pictures and videos
Graffiti exists since the prehistoric times when men painted the caves. Since those times graffiti has been a way of visual communication about social or political themes.
For some people, graffiti is considered an art but others consider it vandalism and for this reason, we can see nowadays, murals painted with non permanent paintings. In this type of graffiti, one of the most important interests of the artists is to compete about how much time will last their messages on the wall.
Graffiti is often related to underground hip hop music and b-boying creating a lifestyle that remains hidden from the general public and is often associated to gangs marking their territory..
The most notorious examples of political graffiti are the Berlin Wall, the West Bank Barrier and Northern Ireland murals, but we can see others all over the world expressing most of the times an underground culture.
One of the most famous graffiti artists is Banksy that remains unknown and that uses graffiti as a way to communicate his political and anti-war ideas. His works can be found most of the times in Bristol, England but he has graffiti in other countries all around the world, as in West Bank Barrier.
Street art can be a very strong way of activism and subversion because it's very easy to reach the public but it's also a way that less known artists can use to be seen.
Berlin WallClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) separated the city of Berlin in Germany from 1961 to 1989. Many people thought it was a symbol of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall was taken down on November 9, 1989. The Berlin Wall was about 168 km (104 miles) long.
Moments in History - The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Northern Ireland MuralsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Northern Ireland contains around 2,000 political murals since the 1970s and they aren't from one political side only. But there isn't only political themes, they also have religious, mythology and sports ones.
I selected some murals but you can see much more on wikipedia.
West Bank barrierClick thumbnail to view full-size
West Bank barrier
The naming of the barrier is controversial. Israelis most commonly refer to the barrier as the "separation (hafrada) fence"and "security fence" or "anti-terrorist fence"
Palestinians most commonly refer to the barrier as racial segregation wall and some opponents of the barrier refer to it as the "Apartheid Wall."
The International Court of Justice, in its advisory opinion on the barrier, wrote it had chosen to use the term "wall" "the other expressions sometimes employed are no more accurate if understood in the physical sense."
The BBC's style guide for journalists states "The BBC uses the terms barrier, separation barrier or West Bank barrier as acceptable generic descriptions to avoid the political connotations of "security fence" (preferred by the Israeli government) or "apartheid wall" (preferred by the Palestinians)."
Fabulous Picture Show - West Bank Story
A few links about the subject of this hub
- Photo Galleries
Index page to the photo-galleries of various graffiti from hamburg-munich-berlin
- Art Crimes: Best Graffiti Sites
Graffiti art links to the best sites devoted to modern graffiti art.
- Murals in Northern Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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