Art Hurts: Street Artists protest a Street Art Gallery in the name of…Street Art?

Bear with me because I find this sad, confusing and hilarious all at the same time. In Sao Paulo, Brasil, local pixadores stormed into the Choque Cultural gallery and tag-attacked (yes, I made that word up) it in protest of the “marketing, institutionalization and domestication of Street Art” by galleries and the media.

While I feel the pixadores in their spirit, it strikes me as odd that they would choose a gallery (one of the few in the country) that focuses on promoting Street Art to protest against. After all, if you tag over street art…is that a protest or is it…just more street art? Futura, can you weigh in please? My head hurts.

Call me biased. I’ve visited Choque and kinda love that place for its creativity, accessibility, low-to-moderately priced, yet very dope artwork, cool staff, etc. Honestly, this can speak to a larger issue of class and economy and it’s effect on urban culture in Brazilian society but it’s Monday and I’m really tired.

Good luck to the Choque family in getting back on their feet.

ps. Pixadores are purveyors of Pixação, a form of graffiti unique to São Paulo. Read more about it here.

Check out more here.

Read the backstory here. Note: it’s in Portuguese.

-JBaker

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