Visual Poetics: The Critical Impulse in Contemporary Street Art from Paris to Melbourne

By Jacqueline Millner.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In the wider context of ongoing theoretical debates about the relationship between aesthetics and activism, this paper focuses on contemporary street art - in particular stencilling - in two global cities, to argue that beauty has emerged as an essential part of the politics of urban graphics. Paris and Melbourne are both renowned as cities with a vibrant street art culture, and Paris in particular has a long tradition as a site for the intersection between political activism and graphic expression. The paper considers an extensive visual archive of recent street art against the background of protest actions, including those inspired by anti-globalisation, anti-capitalism and anti-war sentiments.The paper draws on extensive research during a 2008 Paris residency.

Keywords: Street Art, Activism, Beauty

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.303-320. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.673MB).

Dr. Jacqueline Millner

Lecturer, Art History and Cinema Studies, School of Humanities and Languages, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dr. Jacqueline Millner lectures in art history and visual culture in the School of Humanities and Languages, University of Western Sydney. She has published widely on Australian and international contemporary art, in art journals, catalogues of key institutions such as the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and imporant anthologies, including Photofiles (1999), What is Installation? (2001), and Brought to Light II (2007). She has received pretigious awards for her research from the Australia Council and the Power Institute for Fine Arts, University of Sydney. A collection of her writings on Australian contemporary art entitled Conceptual Beauty will be published this year by Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney.

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