Representing Subcultural Identity: A Photoessay of Spanish Graffiti and Street Art

  • Andrzej Zieleniec
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


Graffiti is a universal and ubiquitous feature of the modern urban experience. It is both signifier and material object of a creative street culture. This chapter, using the author’s own photographs, explores and analyses the ways in which graffiti writers and street artists represent themselves and their identities, the methods and practices they use, and the meanings and values associated with their sense of belonging to a subcultural community of shared interests and experiences. These are both individual and collective responses to and engagement with the urban as a lived experience and practice that reflects a commitment to know, colonise, decorate and adorn the public arena of city’s streets, places and spaces with an alternative urban aesthetic.


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  • Andrzej Zieleniec
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUK

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