The East European Roots of Contemporary Graffiti

When every townhouse is declared a retrograde infection of private life in the public life of the people not only are no products released for its maintenance but its use is converted, from collection point for one family’s display of objects bought with the concentrated labour of others to a ruin sheltering eleven families, that slowly loses its capitalized value until that original labour is depleted. So it was in East Germany less than three decades ago. It had a stark beauty (Photo from 2010, in Bautzen.)


So it is in Canada today. Check out the chain-like script tenderly laid down next to the chain that locks the pipe channel that could otherwise be used to access a building roof, and the home it offers, under the sky.


Rigidity cannot protect the monopolization of power.

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