GRAFF IN THE CITY

Paris – Opera Gallery – June 2011

“Street art is a term commonly used by the galleries and the medias, but does its semantics really represent the spontaneous and miscellaneous artistic movement born in the 70s? Not for sure. It is the politically correct term used to refer to a rather versatile movement that drew its inspiration from dramatically different realities. […]

At a time when young graffiti artists are still getting expensive fines, their elders’ works are hung in museums or galleries and bought by the exact same ones that have the city walls protected by cops. The evolution of the movement is giving way to a scission between street art and graffiti. True blue graffers do not look at their gesture as a message but, as a mark of their passage, of their existence, on the contrary to street artists who want to share a message, could it be political, subversive or purely aesthetical.”

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