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Panamerican Graffiti

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The project is called Panamerican Graffiti. We are a team of three who will be embarking upon a 3 1/2 journey in mid-September 2010, driving from NYC to Chile, to gather the remaining footage for a documentary (called Panamerican Graffiti), whose agenda is to liaise with local artists and to paint murals in their towns or cities. In addition to connecting with arts orgs and individuals, we are looking to connect with community advocacy groups and social justice initiatives in each place, to gain a better understanding of the socio-political situation of the communities we encounter. Art is such an expressive tool that in many ways has been used as a tool of resistance, defiance and protest, and to create solidarity amongst repressed peoples. We have found this to be especially true of Latin American countries that experienced neo-liberal military dictatorships in the 1970s and 80s, to date with the now left-leaning dictatorships that have arisen. When a person creates a work of public art, whether or not they are conscious of it, they have chosen to TAKE a space, and to inspire or outrage people they may never meet. The relation between this and the muralists/graffiti artists is that they have been motivated for whatever reason to compose works of public and at times illegal art. We want to know the unabridged version why.



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