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Washington University in St.Louis

Publication Date

Spring 2009

Program Name

Balkans: Post-Conflict Transformation in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia

Abstract

This research examines street art in Belgrade as a means of changing the political, social, and cultural atmosphere of Belgrade, Serbia. Street art is examined as a means of breaking down consumer/producer binaries, an alternative to dominant culture, as part of the contemporary city, and as a transformative use of and re-appropriation of imagery. The research data was collected through semi-structured interviews in the Spring of 2009. Students, artists, and former artists were interviewed in order to collect data. In addition, participant observation and visual analysis contributed to and gave context to the interview based data. Ultimately, it was discovered that the street art in Belgrade reflects the social and political climate of Belgrade and that street artists are actively engaged with the urban space in order to contribute positively to their environments.

Disciplines

Art Practice | Civic and Community Engagement

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