Monday, September 15, 2008

City of Vandals: Sao Paulo's Street Art War

Last week a group of 30 Pixadores stormed the Choque Cultural Gallery in protest against the "marketing, institutionalization and domestication of Street Art" by the galleries and media. Paintings by Gerald Laing, Speto, Titi Freak and others were defaced by the Pixadores.

A Pixadores is typically a youngster, generally from an underprivileged social background, frequently living under precarious conditions in the outskirts of the city. A pixador uses pixação a form of protest, but at the same time, as a way of expressing his esthetic impulse. Their social condition is, nonetheless, the ingredient that makes their symbolograms one of the most original urban phenomenons in Brazil in recent years.

The Pixos used this simple black and white flyer to organize its affiliates and members for there recent campaign against the Choque Cultural Gallery.
Tensions between the Pixos and Graffiti Writers are heating up creating a potentially explosive atmosphere which may lead to an all out war between the two factions.

via Wooster Collective

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