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Deniz Bensason




Deniz Bensason, Photographer - Graffiti

The Last Supper
Tel-Aviv Graffiti

Urban: Graffiti

The age old argument -

Graffiti: Street Art or Street Crime?

As usual there are two sides to the story and both have their own element of truth.

Consider you are on your way home after a dreary days' work, the weather is dismal too, life seems duller than ever and then suddenly you notice a colorful cartoony mural - you can't help it, you just have to smile! Won't you feel a bit better?

Consider a bright and sunny day; you are just arriving home from an enjoyable meeting with a friend. You look up - the façade of your house has been defaced by strangers! Even if you happen to agree with part of the message - the act remains "an act of vandalism" and it ruined your day.

So why am I so drawn to photographing the graffiti on the walls and buildings?

I think that partially I identify with those young artists. It is hard to make a living as an artist - moreover artists not only need money, they need recognition, they need to share their art and expose their ideas to the public.

With sprays, brushes and felt-tip-pens, they create art for all to see. They draw attention to perceived wrongs - provoke and influence emotions on a social, political or emotional level.

Whether Graffiti is "Street Art" or "Street Crime" - Graffiti is the social and political "writing on the wall"!

While graffiti is illegal in Israel, the municipality of Tel Aviv turns a blind eye to graffiti in certain areas, notable among them the Florentin neighborhood.

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