Eder Muniz and Denis Sena: Hanging our Souls on the Walls: Legitimizing Clandestine Graffiti in Brazil
International Studies in Planning, Spring 2007 Lecture Series
In 2005 the mayor of Salvador, Brazil made a bold move to collaborate with graffiti artists rather than criminalize their messages of resistance. The Projeto Salvador Graffita now employs 43 young artists and is changing the face of the city. The project strives to empower graffiti artists to replace tag-ridden streetscapes with social messages using images and art, improving lives of artists and beautifying the city. Two of the most sought-after artists in the program, Muniz and Sena, have used the street as canvas for more than ten years. Fiercely committed to improving their local neighborhoods and strengthening civic engagement, they teach youth art as a tool of empowerment.