Mild but Wild: Graffiti Art in Taiwan

(Virus No.6 Crew-Back to the Streets by joy80211 on Youtube)

Before 2000, most Taiwanese people did not pay much attention to the seemingly random artwork sprayed, stencilled, stickered and painted on the walls of public and private property in their neighbourhood. Graffiti started to show up on the streets since the mid 1990s.
Today, graffiti art groups in Taiwan have noticed both the emergence of street art as a hot issue and the resultant ease with which street art related projects have been able to garner financial support in recent years. How Taiwan’s city governments view street art: Beautification over vandalism?

Collective graffiti work by Maya, Reach, Jonone, Ismaeil Bahrani, Nunca, Zonenkinder, Dzus, David, Alexone from Soul Skool. Image courtesy Soul Skool.

Collective graffiti work by Maya, Reach, Jonone, Ismaeil Bahrani, Nunca, Zonenkinder, Dzus, David, Alexone from Soul Skool. Image courtesy Soul Skool.

(Taiwan Graffiti: Reach by helloreach from Youtube)

Legalisation of street art in Taiwan may signal a growing public acceptance of graffiti, but will it compromise the renegade spirit of the art practice?
The southern city of Kaohsiung is paving the way for one of the most progressive street art policies in Taiwan. As reported in an article published in the Taipei Times in October 2012, the Kaohsiung City Government has, in response to artists’ requests and positive public feedback, expanded the areas in the city where graffiti artists can paint legally.  (Read the whole article at Art Radar Asia)
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3 thoughts on “Mild but Wild: Graffiti Art in Taiwan

  1. Great to see this up on your blog, Gwen. We really enjoyed having you on the Art Radar Institute team. I hope you enjoyed your time as an Art Radar student journalist, too!

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