Street art in crisis
I love capital cities (at least for a couple of days). I intensely enjoy sitting at a busy street filled with moving people knowing that most of them have made a reasonable decision to move into precisely that direction at that time. It feels great to be part of that crowd of people, knowing that hardly anyone sees me. Capital cities have more to offer: A subway, having a metro network is almost an intrinsic feature of a capital city (and one of the most useful inventions ever). The dissatisfaction scratched into the windows, the boredom or declarations of love written down on the seats draws my attention time and time again. It implies that one day someone was sitting at the exact same spot and found this to be the best place to express their feelings, to voice their opinion: Vandalism and/or art, you name it.
The Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper, published an article titled ‘Greek crisis graffiti’ (no possibility to read it for free online, unfortunately). Following Cor Speksnijder, the writer of the article, the images ‘reflect a society that lost their illusions’ or, a couple of lines further in the article, ‘the cradle of humanity feels humiliated’. These graffiti pieces of art, like many graffiti, reflect a bulk of criticism (accompanied by frustration, anger and desperation) in this case criticism against capitalism, the consequences of the economic crisis, budgets cuts, politics, and the financial world.
We see the personification of the next Greek economic model: a bikini wearing model with a wooden leg. For more images, click here or here. It is great to see that newspapers dare to spend two pages to street art, but how about what is written down on that metro seat?