Graffiti – from subculture to folklore?
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
subculture, graffiti, hip-hop, ageing
Research subject Art History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114929DiVA: diva2:795198
Critical Hip-Hop Studies symposium, 16–17 October 2014, University of Turku
Graffiti – from subculture to folklore? Graffiti is often described as either art or crime, and a conflict between these two perspectives has existed for over 40 years now. One thing that both sides often take for granted is that the graffiti practitioner is a young person and that its antagonist comes from the adult generation. This rarely problematized notion often constitutes the framework through which the phenomenon is understood. One Swedish journalist claimed in 1987 that the graffiti flooding the subways of Stockholm at the time was an ”of the generational war raging throughout the world” and that it had managed to spark “an adult reaction of the old fashioned kind, a reaction that can not be mistaken in its authoritarian magisterialness”. Some 25 years later a spokesperson of a Swedish youth organization claims that the resistance of legal graffiti walls ”feels pretty much like a generational issue”. There is no doubt that adolescents remain a large group of graffiti practitioners – but there are signs that graffiti also is an culture that cuts through the generations. What would happen with the descriptions of graffiti if one interprets graffiti as cross-generational structure, rather than a phenomenon based on generational conflict?2015-03-152015-03-152015-12-16Bibliographically approved