5 Graffiti and Street Art Documentaries to Watch Online
If I had a dollar for every time I heard “so do you like Banksy?” when I told people I write about street art and graffiti, I would have enough money to no longer have to write about street art and graffiti. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Banksy. He’s just not the only artist out there. This list of documentaries contains a collection of artists that have created, or are redefining the street art and graffiti scene. Whether you are looking for a refresher or trying to impress your next date with your knowledge of contemporary art, we got you.
There are many more films that have been left off this list, but think of this as a crash course to get you started.
The selected documentaries vary in time period and location and show that the art goes deeper than what hits the eye. These films do their best to explain that it is more than reckless vandalism for these artists, but a lifestyle and a possible catalyst for change. With that, I give you a handful of the best documentaries online about the scene. There are many more films that have been left off this list, but think of this as a crash course to get you started.
Art of Conflict (2012)
In a surprising twist, Vince Vaughn – a man better known for his bro-tastic comedies – set his eyes on the hyper-political artwork of Northern Ireland. In a region wrought with turmoil and violence, Belfast and Derry artists have reflected their anguish with powerful murals. Directed by his sister Valeri Vaughn, Vince interviews local muralists, political figures, noted mural historians, art community members, and residents about the ongoing conflict. While the murals may be contemporary, it’s astonishing to see the issues the art reflects run centuries deep….
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