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Macalester College

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Fall 2016

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Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


Graffiti is a process. There really is no beginning or ending to a piece. Graffiti art is practicing a design, bringing it to a wall, letting it take shape, and allowing it to interact with the environment. What makes graffiti unique, among other things, is its interaction with the environment. When international graffiti influences and local conditions drove inspired artists to bring their art to the streets, a new art form emerged in Nepal. “Local conditions” labels the forces ranging from personal drive to the history of public art in Nepal, which fuel the movement. The present study aims at tracing a history of the street art movement in Nepal from the emergence of the art form in the late early 2010’s. Using interviews with involved artists and organizers, this is a people and movement centered study. Today, street art offers a unique opportunity for communities and artists to promote social discourse on important issues and bridge the gap between artist and public spheres. How it got to this point and the different ways street art achieves (or does not achieve) its goal are brought to light in this study.


Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Asian Studies | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Place and Environment


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