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Redefining Artistic Legitimacy: An ethnographic inquiry into urban art in Rome, Italy

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dc.contributor.advisor Culbertson, Jacob Weiner, Ali 2019-08-08T19:32:59Z 2019-08-08T19:32:59Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Urban art is a source of contention in Rome, Italy despite the fact that graffiti, a form of urban art, originated in Rome in 16th century BC. The tension between contemporary and ancient art is therefore written on its walls. The Roman government, however, has taken control over this issue by dominating the discourse through three methods: censorship, criminalization, and decentralization of urban art practices. They have created and maintained a false dichotomy of what is “legitimate” or “illegitimate” art in order to justify those methods, maintain control over the city, and preserve Rome as a historic center. By flipping the paradigm and speaking to community members, and street artists, it becomes clear that people understand urban art on a spectrum not a binary. The construction of this spectrum uproots the state’s attempt have a tyranny over the city’s walls. Throughout this project, I use questionnaires and ethnographic fieldwork collected while in Rome to form the range of opinions and explore how street art affects people in their everyday lives.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Anthropology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Street art -- Italy -- Rome
dc.subject.lcsh Graffiti -- Italy -- Rome
dc.subject.lcsh Rome (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 1945-
dc.title Redefining Artistic Legitimacy: An ethnographic inquiry into urban art in Rome, Italy
dc.type Thesis
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