Street Art

Jasmina Tesanovic RSS / 28.07.2007. u 22:04

13.07. 2007. u galeriji "BLOK", umetnica Snezana Petrovic je otvorila izlozbu "street art & Graffiti" na kojoj su ucestvovali  LORTEK,ANGEL,HOPE,NAZA  TKV I EDIT.
(galerija BLOK ,Jurija Gagarina 221,45. blok ,Novi Beograd)

radi se o printovima radova na ulici kao i autenticnim sahblonima i platnima na kojima mozete videti radove ovih umetnika.
ulica u galeriji ,priblzavanje grafita i streetarta ljudima.

The Fairy Queen of Belgrade

     Since the invention of the aerosol bomb, that good friend to 
vandals, Belgrade has had a lot of street graffiti.   As in other 
European cities, most of Belgrade's graffiti is from teen-boy fans 
for football teams and pop stars.    Once these lads grow up or move 
into tougher parts of town, they spray the walls for street gangs, 
political campaigns, and organized crime.

        So, although I was impressed by the anger and variety of 
Belgrade graffiti, I wasn't much impressed by its aesthetics.  Until 
I found a portrait of Edgar Allen Poe sprayed on the side of a 
traffic meter.

      Edgar in Belgrade didn’t look like a happy guy -- while living,
Poe never was happy -- but I enjoyed seeing him anyway.   I was 
pleased to see Poe still capturing the imagination of Serbian boys, 
especially since Poe died in 1849.

     Later, though, not too far from this graffiti stencil, I found 
another such portrait:  noted English  novelist, Virginia Woolf.  
Later, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo showed up.  Then, many stencils of 
flowers.  Milk cartons.  Beck, the pop star.   Jim Morrison of the 
Doors.   They were all done in the same cut-out style.  They were 
obviously created by the same artist, and she was obviously a woman.  
There isn't a Serbian boy in the world with enough guts to tag a 
garbage can with Virginia Woolf.  Most of these stencils had a small, 
discreet set of initials cut into them: TFQ.

       Stencil art is extremely plentiful in some cities:  Rome, New 
York, Melbourne.  It's still rare in Belgrade.  Modern street-
stencils could not appear until the invention of the spray can and 
computer graphics.

        The simplest way to make an effective stencil is to cut-and-
paste a digital image, turn that image into stark black-and-white 
with a graphics filter, blow it up to the proper size, and then cut 
it out with a scalpel from a sheet of stiff cardboard.  A  sheet of 
rolled-up plastic is somewhat easier to hide from the police.  So 
21st-century stencil-art is really electronic art. It's a street-

      Since graffiti is of course illegal, the Internet is the best 
way for stencillists to find each other and talk about their craft.   
I was curious about "TFQ," so I asked around.  It took me a while, 
but I found the artist's email.   She agreed to an interview.

        We went out for a beer, or we would have had a beer, if TFQ 
were old enough to drink.   TFQ is "The Fairy Queen," and The Fairy 
Queen is a 17-year-old Belgrade art student.

     The Fairy Queen learned how to make stencils in Rome.  This 
means that Belgrade's best street art is Italian cultural imperialism 
at work.   The Fairy Queen isn't Italian, but her father has lived in 
Rome.   That's where she first discovered stencils in the streets, 
especially the work of "Sten," a rather famous Roman mastermind of 
the one-sheet stencil.  Sten is a troublemaker so advanced that he 
boldly has Italian shows of international street art inside Roman 
squats.  The Fairy Queen considers Sten a hero, and she is also much 
impressed by the subversive antics of the English artist "Banksy."

       Inspired by a stay in Italy, The Fairy Queen returned to teach 
Italian finesse to the Belgrade hard-boys.

      The local taggers, she told me, like to brag all day about 
their daring and risky skills... but when it's over and done, they go 
home meekly "to eat Mom's cabbage rolls."  Unlike her boyfriend and 
his pals, who waste a lot of energy showing off how brave they are, 
The Fairy Queen is intensely practical about the local police.  
First, she never spraypaints churches, monuments, museums, 
billboards, or, especially trains.   With its peeling, Tito-era 
buildings of crumbling plaster and concrete,  much of Belgrade is 
actually improved by The Fairy Queen's graffiti.  So the cops don't 
seem to mind street tags all that much, but these Serbian cops have 
no sense of humor about the trains.

       Any Belgrade kid caught tagging a train gets three good 
beatings: one when he is caught, one inside the station house, and a 
last walloping for good measure when the cops let him go.  The local 
gangs will also defend their graffiti turf against each other, and 
they will beat each other up with gusto.

      So far, the Fairy Queen has deftly avoided this trouble.  She 
buys all her spray-paint from a certain store-owner whose son is one 
of the most notorious graffiti vandals in Belgrade.  She never tags 
her own neighborhood.   When she breaks the law with her spray-can, 
she does it calmly -- she never skulks, swaggers or runs away.

     As the only female stencillist in Belgrade, she's just one 
Belgrade girl in a sea of Belgrade girls.  Even if she brags, no one 
would believe her.  It's easier to believe that she's lying than to 
understand that she has patched this city, all over, with hand-made 
pop-art, in a one-woman, two-year campaign.  She just doesn't look 
the part.

        The Fairy Queen looks much like  her favorite movie heroine, 
Audrey Tatou in "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain."   She wears 
dainty, modish blouses, bracelets with plastic butterflies,  flowered 
skirts and high-heeled sandals.  Anyone who saw this cheery person 
carefully spraying a wall would probably assume that she'd been paid 
to decorate it.

      In point of fact, though,  The Fairy Queen is a lot tougher 
than Amelie Poulain.  She is a tall, energetic, boisterous girl with 
sturdy snow-boarder's legs.  Her mother is a mountain-climber.  The 
Fairy Queen could probably outrun Amelie and also most cops.

        Lately, The Fairy Queen's graffiti work has been getting 
larger and more extreme.  She's doing stencils while hiding under 
bridges, stencils two meters high, with multiple colors.

       Art is not all sweetness and light for The Fairy Queen.  She 
would like to major in art at a local university, but she can't.  
Because the schools are corrupted; even when the teachers are okay, 
the administration is on the take and the fix is in.   The new-rich 
kids whose parents bribed their way into the college pretend to get 
an education while the school pretends to teach them.

       Sometimes The Fairy Queen places her stencils so as to avenge 
herself.  She did a  daring self-portrait on the shiny white wall of 
a local grocery, because she still remembers how she and her mother 
had to stand in line for food there, during the economic sanctions.  
Those were hard times.  She was just a kid then, but she remembers.

      How rude and crass they were, those grocers, when they had so 
much and others had so little.   Don't they realize, those grocers, 
that the best things in life are done for nothing?Str


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dunjica dunjica 23:34 28.07.2007

"Graffiti nije zločin"

dunjica dunjica 23:35 28.07.2007

Jedan iz mog susjedstva

Jasmina Tesanovic Jasmina Tesanovic 23:43 28.07.2007

grafiti je

vox art
ajmo malo stavite sta imate
u susedstvu
Radojicic Radojicic 00:06 29.07.2007

Re: grafiti je

evo jedna iza coska
dunjica dunjica 00:11 29.07.2007

Re: grafiti je

jasmina, ima jako puno, ovdje skoro pa da je mainstream (dobro, ne baš sasvim, ali smo ponosni što nam sprayeri (ovdje se tako zovu) rado dolaze, sa sve 4 strane vjetra. Inače je u pitanju dio bivšeg Berlinskog zida, na jednoj uzvišici uz stadion, pa se lijepo vidi i narod rado obilazi. Neki dan smo i intervjuirali neke sprejere, planiramo da istražimo kako se stvar razvijala s grafitima od prije pada Zida (narrative histories).

Jasmina Tesanovic Jasmina Tesanovic 00:19 29.07.2007

znam znam

bila bila tu
sigurna sam da ima svuda po serbiji isto
ali who cares, ovde sigurno nije mainstream
u LA sam taj art najvise gledala
to ili hollywood
pa ti vidi
dunjica dunjica 00:23 29.07.2007

Re: znam znam

Neke stvari izgube smisao ili moralno padnu kada iziđu iz ilegale. Zato je u Srbiji autentično za sada, pretpostavljam.
Radojicic Radojicic 00:30 29.07.2007

Hot poo

evo jedan domaci iz NYC
courtesy of Podzemaljac
Kazezoze Kazezoze 07:49 29.07.2007

pozdrav iz amsterdama

Kazezoze Kazezoze 07:57 29.07.2007

i da ne zaboravim

gordanac gordanac 10:03 29.07.2007

primer... boingboing sam našla odličan blog o muzej-groblju neonskih znakova i reklama (ovaj link je slide-show), a evo i bloga Neon Graveyard

Inače na ovom sajtu ima i Beograda,a i zanimljivo mi je, kao i YouTube sa ovog sajta.
Šetnja po myspace (kod mene inicirana tvojim tekstom) otkriva čitav niz blogera/ki (sasvim neobičnih kombinacija od "very official" do "beautiful anonymous", evo samo za primer / saatchi ili 3D street art ili samo jedan primer sa myspace koji na web unose (direktno ili indirektno) duh street art.
dunjica dunjica 20:20 29.07.2007

Greetings from the East Side Gallery

Radojicic Radojicic 20:43 29.07.2007


dunjica dunjica 20:58 29.07.2007

Re: KH

Bio je fasciniran Berlinom, a 86. nedaleko Checkpoint Charlyja slikao u bojama njem. zastave.

Poznat je i njegov rad iz 84. koji danas visi u Kanzleramtu (Uredu kancelara):
nukisflame nukisflame 00:42 30.07.2007

Art is not a crime

greskom sam obrisao (izmenio) post tako da je ovo kraca verzija, ipak je 1.50 am
Ja u Torinu
p.s.s. Guys if u r reading this just to know. I MISS U. "Elisa u 2"
MeHiLow MeHiLow 09:50 30.07.2007


Pozdrav, draga Jasmina.

Odakle je ovaj intervju? Zao mi je sto ne pominje prve TKV stencile koje sam video u Beogradu - na kojima je prikazan Mejnard, pevac benda Tool. A onda su poceli kao pecurke da nicu Poovi, Bekovi, vile... Pa me bas zanimalo da li su to stvarno bili prvi ili sam ih ja samo prve video...

DO sledeceg puta kada vam upadnem u stan. Mozda kada bude gostovao neki drugi svetski poznati bloger. :)

daw daw 15:59 30.07.2007

street art ? :) "zensko pismo" ;) ...

koga zanima :

preporucujem knjige:
Art of Rebellion: The World of Street Art by Christian Hundertmark
Stencil Pirates by Josh MacPhee

Pohvala za tekst. Podrska za TFQ.



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