After attending MOCA’s (via The Geffen) “Art in the Streets” exhibit my friend and I had been discussing graffiti and it’s role in art as a means of expression, a movement, and as the exhibit had showed, part of our history. Not only that, but also how there are some pieces of street art that are being preserved (i.e. Banksy) and whether this crosses a boundary of street art. Whether it belongs to the streets, to be painted over and re-tagged/stenciled/wheatpasted by whomever. Although isn’t a new question -or debate rather- as there are now several documentaries that point out how street art is viewed and treated among many cultures; it continues to be discussed. “Graffiti Fine Art” attempts to figure out where that line between “Graffiti” and “Fine Art” is, and whether the two can coexist.
The documentary takes place in São Paulo, Brazil and shows the work of 65 graffiti artists from 13 countries for the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum. You can read more in-detail of the makings of this documentary here. The cherry on top of this all? Documentary music provided by Pretty Lights.
Graffiti Fine Art – Official Extended Preview from Jared Levy on Vimeo.