And it's true- graffiti is an extremely passionate form of expression. It champions political ideologies and religious groups; it expresses love and hatred; it gives voice to hope and discontent.
|Source: New Castle Radical Art|
Well, you find a way to make your fellow citizens and those in authority see and hear you. Graffiti provides an immediate, bold, visual answer to this need. When your heartache and anger are scrawled across the very fabric of your land, how can it possibly go unnoticed? How can you go unnoticed? Quite simply, you can't. You will be noticed, you will be counted, you will matter. And so, even when graffiti is seen as mere vandalism, there is no denying the underlying discontent.
Today, we can see this phenomenon happening in Greece. With the country in turmoil, still precipitously close to economic meltdown, still grappling with austerity measures, and, perhaps, inching closer to a departure from the eurozone, Greeks are not happy. Perhaps more significantly, their government seems to be doing little to assuage citizens' fears, as coalitions in Parliaments have continually failed to solidify. So if you live in a crisis-riddled country overseen by an ineffectual government, wouldn't you want to make your displeasure known in the loudest way available to you?
The Greeks are doing just that. It seems that there is hardly a square foot of Athens left un-tagged. The capital city's public buildings, private residences, and historical monuments have all been put under the spray can to voice the people's outrage.
|Source: The Greek Reporter|
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