Case Study: What is Graffiti? Can it be a Cultural Enterprise?

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Graffiti as a cultural enterprise

This case study involves looking at graffiti specifically in the Chippendale area. It will follow how it emerged and how it is viewed not only by the artist and the individual but also the wider community. The paper will follow the transition from defacement or vandalism to what is culturally determined as urban art and what underlying social, political and cultural message are revealed.

Simply, graffiti is the illicit scribbling, scratching or spraying of public property in a public place to convey a message. The history of graffiti can be traced back to Pompeii where… and has occurred in varying forms since then.
However, the emergence of modern graffiti can be linked to the advent of the
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This varies from murals and much larger street pieces, which immediately presents it, as am artistic piece. These are seen to be more artistic due the time, and location invested in completion, the denoted and connoted meaning and whether or not an artist has been commissioned for the piece. Many artists continue to remain anonymous die to the stigma and legality still contested in today’s society.

Graffiti continued in this urban art form, as a medium of message, exposing rebellion, tension and conviction until the 2000s. Through the increased popularity was shifted to something that belonged to mainstream civilisation and something that was on tread often linked with urban renewal and gentrification. Artists such as Banksy and Australia’s own Beastman who produce recognisable, creative pieces have contributed to globalization of graffiti.

Urban street graffiti is now viewed, respected and legitimised as art. This contrasts with other graffiti, which continues to be viewed as vandalism and criminal.

Graffiti works differ in skill, motivation and experience and asserts identity, visibility and power in a social and ecological context. Understanding why individuals engage in graffiti is useful in understanding how and if it is determined as cultural especially as previously mentioned, no two pieces of graffiti, motive and location are the same.

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