Feb 6 - Feb 10, 2017
by Olga Alexopoulou, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, and Cacao Rocks
Public art can be a powerful form of communication. Since the 2010 financial crisis in Greece, the city of Athens has become a virtual gallery, with images and words in dialogue with the world’s most pressing matters. In Iran's capitol Tehran, artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo's building murals number in the hundreds--and they were commissioned by the government. Through engagement with artists, students, and scholars abroad and close to home, the project reminds us we are all part of the same conversation, faced with new challenges, exploring new ways to see.
The Global Graffiti & Mural Project—a partnership between the Institute for the Humanities, Modern Greek Studies, and History of Art—engages the campus and larger community with international artists who offer a global perspective on public art. We want people to see, photograph, share, and meet these artists, to express their opinions, and to have a scholarly conversation about this important world cultural phenomenon.