The Art of Graf­fiti in Myan­mar

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CULTURE // ARTS -

The word ‘Graf­fiti’ be­came pop­u­lar in Myan­mar along with hip-hop mu­sic. Graf­fiti - paint­ing and writ­ing words on walls and bridges with aerosol paint cans - xx has flour­ished in the US for al­most 40 years, but this type of artis­tic ex­pres­sion only be­came pop­u­lar in Myan­mar about a decade ago. Graf­fiti artists in Myan­mar are still strug­gling to ex­press their art and their be­liefs to­day.

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The roots of graf­fiti in Myan­mar

Around the year 2000, artists be­gan us­ing graf­fiti at the same time as hip-hop mu­sic started to flour­ish in Myan­mar. Graf­fiti art only be­came pop­u­lar in Myan­mar af­ter the YSA graf­fiti group no­ticed its im­pact. The YSA group pooled artists and their paint­ings, and dis­played art on their web­site and in Yan­gon. But YSA could not re­al­ize their goal and they had to stop their web­site be­cause of fi­nan­cial con­straints. YSA mem­ber

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