Pixação vs. Graffiti in São Paulo

September 12, 2008 on 8:28 am | In global news | 2 Comments


Just weeks after the legalization of graffiti (and re-criminalization of pixação) in Brazil, there’s more news on the split between these two subcultures. Some pixadores were not too happy with the commodification of street art, so they got together to tag up an entire gallery, walls, paintings, prints and all. Read on to see the flyer they distributed to organize the event. (Via Wooster Collective.)

Update: Wooster Collective got the photos from the Gallery’s Flickr stream, and if you follow that link you can see a long list of comments from Brazilians who are fans of either pixação or graffiti/street art. There may be some interesting discussions brewing in there, so if I find any choice bits I’ll try to post translations here later.

Here’s the flyer:


And here’s what it says:

Art Attack 2

The Path to Revolution

We are going to invade with our protest art a shitty art gallery (Culture Shock), which, as per its ideology, gives space to underground artists – well, then it’s all ours anyway – and we will declare total protest.

Meeting point = Praça Benedito Calixto, Rua Cardeal Arcoverde @ Rua Lisboa, next to metro stations Clinica and Sumare.
Time: 3pm, Saturday Sept 6th, 2008.

Protest slogans:
Long Live Tagging
Art as Crime
Crime as Art

All for the Tagging Movement

Thanks again to the lovely Raquel Rabbit for the translation.


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