Graffiti in Brazil and Political Protests

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Nov 16, 2014 21:13 Janeiro Rio de
Graffiti in Brazil and Political Protests


The culture of any people changes as time flies. Sometimes what is seemed as morally wrong, becomes acceptable, what serves for one purpose becomes used to another, and son on. The urban art called graffiti is a strong example with this dynamic, as both The Economist1, a British-more-than-100-years-old-magazine, and Time Out2, another British periodic, registered how the now called art gained the actual high profile status. Despite the UK focus of the essays, the situation is pretty much the same in the big cities in the western-world: Graffiti has become popular and valuable. I would like to highlight, however, that in Brazil this art is often used as a means of political protests.

Graffiti in Brazil can be seen in many places and serves for many purposes as Young3 registered and for me one of the most interesting face of Brazilian Graffiti is that is many times used for protest about political issues. The arising of graffiti and how it transforms itself from simple tags to visual elements identified as art in the country followed the same patter as any where in the world and Young also write about this journey. This year Brazil hold the most important sports event in the world, the World-Futbool-Cup and how the politicians spent money to have all the necessary facilities ready for the games were heavily criticised. And Graffiti artists were also involved in the protests painting many walls about this theme as Huffington post published4.


REFERENCES
1) How did graffiti become respectable, accessed on nov 2014 <<http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/11/economist-explains-5>>
2) How graffiti became art, accessed on nov 2014<<http://www.timeout.com/london/art/how-graffiti-became-art>>
3) The Legalisation of Street Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; <<http://untappedcities.com/2012/02/13/the-legalization-of-street-art-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/>>
4) World Cup 2014: 14 Powerful Pictures Of Anti-Fifa Graffiti In Brazil; accessed on nov 2014 <<http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/29/world-cup-2014-anti-fifa-graffiti-brazil_n_5408811.html>>