by Htun Lynn Zaw, on May 28, 2019 12:07:10 PM
Some have argued that illegal graffiti is a symbol of freedom against former oppressive communist regime in Czech Republic whilst others have regarded it as a widespread issue that directly affects the city’s urban well-being and have taken on actions to reduce the motivation
Regardless of the ongoing debate, graffiti and tags persist on dominating the beautiful doors, bridges, and virtually most of the walls in Prague. It has gone to the point where we merely treat tags as backdrops in our daily lives. Then it comes down to the questions of “How do we salvage some meaning out of this randomness or how do we make peace with it?” This audio piece attempts to find a discourse into appreciating graffiti as an art form.
Tags on a post-box located in the city centre of Prague
Sample hand-style of Garbage
More elaborate works by Garbage
“You know with these laws, whatever they are, there is obvious reason why there are in the place and they are just telling you ‘ Hey, don’t write your name on the wall.’ And you are like ‘Hmmm, I’m gonna do it.’- Garbage
“I think the value of graffiti does not lie in the outcome but lies in the performance.” - Hsang Hay Yu