Graffiti and Street Art: the Balancing Act of Urban Art
16 June 2022
At St Peter’s Church, 10 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa.
Come and hear the third in our new series of lectures exploring controversial issues – Graffiti and Street Art: The Balancing Act of Urban Art – presented by Dr Reuben Woods PhD.
Emerging from primarily illegal roots, graﬃti and street art have evolved to represent a diversity of approaches. Yet enduring perceptions and their very public performance ensure they continue to court controversy. Christchurch’s post-earthquake environment has provided an apt landscape for graﬃti and street art to ﬂourish, celebrated as transformative additions to the damaged city. But this proﬁle has also highlighted a number of incidents that expose the complexities of urban art’s lineage and contemporary state.
Dr Reuben Woods is an Christchurch-based art writer and curator, specialising in urban art. His PhD thesis explored the performances of graﬃti, street art and independent public art in post-earthquake Christchurch. He is widely published, and is also the creative director of Watch This Space.
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