Urban Street Art

Lefebvre saw commodification infiltrating every aspect of our lives, particularly how we live in our urban spaces.   Street art has long been the domain for a form of resistance to, and communication of, culturally relevant themes. By taking their art into the street, street artists create an easily accessible and powerful platform through which to express ideas. Usually street art contains messages of subversion or a call to social action, but whatever their motivation, artists are also challenging the knowledges of power regarding the ownership, use and aesthetic of public spaces. Often art created by street artists becomes so identifiable that it is appropriated for commercial use….profit from protest, underscoring perfectly, perhaps, Lefebvre’s point.

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