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Institutional graffiti

Intervention In Situ
Photographic register

An important popular street art movement that was born in the city of Bogota, where young artists started to show a new way of expression like stencil, graffiti, and performance, took place during the last decade.

These first artists began making anonymous pieces of art, most of them questioning the political aspects of social and cultural issues in Colombia. Many of these works were well known because they revealed themselves as anonymous, understood by many citizens, and most importantly nonprofit.

However, many of these artists started to exhibit the same type of art in galleries and museums, which seemed to show forgetfulness, somehow their first thoughts on urban art. This manifestation was very interesting to me, because it seemed that the graffiti became institutionalized; in a short time many of these proposals became a trade product of the art world and lost their profound meaning.

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