Author(s): Christine Dew
Graffiti, stencil and street art are increasingly gaining currency as a potent art form worldwide. In addition to its artistic endeavour, graffiti - with its immediacy and ephemeral nature - comments on political and social change, and the shape of the urban landscape itself. This illustrated A-Z combines beautiful colour images from Australia's thriving graffiti and street art culture, interviews with some of the most important graffiti and street artists, analysis of the history and evolution of the scene, and discussion of urban planning, community and freedom of speech raised by graffiti's presence in public space.
Christine Dew is a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies and an Australian Research Council Associate in the History Program at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She is also a photographer interested in landscape, memory and place. Her photographs have been exhibited in Melbourne's Counihan Gallery and in many print publications. She advises local government and community organisations on graffiti-related matters.