Graffiti is an urban movement that emerged in the 1970s in New York, in the United States. IN those years young people went into the street to write their names on the city, in ways that improved at every step, with the goal of demonstrating their existence in a world that denied their presence through economic and social mechanisms. In this way graffiti could be understood as an exercise in the exaltation of the ego, similar to what we constantly see in our day with social media and the canons of modern advertising.
Xoubanova’s aim with this project is to describe graffiti as a metaphor for the competition of the self, whether on an individual or collective level, or in reference to enterprises or anonymous individuals. It seeks to manage the city’s visual and sonorous perturbations, as unleashed by the continuous struggle for self-affirmation of others.
In 1930, photographer Brassaï developed a project with this very title, ‘Graffiti’. Brassaï delved into the unconscious part of a specific historical period, drawing it out and making it visible by means of what he saw in its streets and on its walls. Xoubanova works in a similar manner, only to later add on the superficial, aesthetic part that overrides everything that truly belongs to the essence of being human.
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