Graffiti, in Rio, are ubiquitous. Sometimes they are nothing more than annoying clutter on our cities’ walls, petty vandalism and damages to other people’s property, but sometimes they have a purpose, a function. In Beyoglu, at the core of Istanbul’s disobedience, graffiti are an elegant, elaborate and bitter way of expressing dissent at an increasingly authoritarian regime.
Rio, instead, it’s different. Here the social function of the graffiti is still very much present – and what else would you expect, honestly – but the verve it’s different. Less angry, less bitter and more influenced by the sun, the colours and by a language that, however stereotypical it might sound, is nonetheless relaxed and inherently happy.
Here’s some. Click on any photo to start the slideshow.