GRAFFITI . ANTONIO M. XOUBANOVA
Ca l'Isidret Edicions
Graffiti is an urban movement which has its origins in the ′70s in the city of New York, US. In it, young people went out t the streets to paint their names all around the city, the more times the better, with the purpose of proving their existence in a world which denied it through economical and social mechanisms.
Therefore, graffiti is an exercise for the exaltation of the ego, very much like that that we can continuously see in the social networks or in the ways of modern advertising.
This work talks about graffiti as a metaphor of the competition of the self, be it individual or collective, of companies or anonymous people, and dealing with visual and sound noise that this constant battle of the self-affirmation in front of the other causes.
This project also shares its title with that by Brassai in 1930. In that work there is a research of the unconscious part of a particular time through what he found in the streets and its walls. Graffiti takes this mechanism as the beginning and adds the most superficial and aesthetical present part in it.
Antonio M. Xoubanova
GRAFFITI . ANTONIO M. XOUBANOVA
Co-published with RVB
383 images in color
14,3 cm x 21,5 cm
Total edition of 1500 copies
Collector’s edition of 50 copies
Designed by David Mozzetta
Printed in Venice, Italy
Published in September 2021
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