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Graffiti has played a major role in urban identity since its boom in 1970's New York City. Under the cultural umbrella of Hip Hop, graffiti became a form of artistic escapism from the harsh realities of urban hardship. After 40 years the art form has begun moving from the street and into the galleries and museums of the world.
Graffiti, something innately ephemeral, is now being placed into the confines of a sterilized exhibition platform. 65 graffiti writers from all over the world participating in the 'Graffiti Fine Art' exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil were asked if their work hanging in the museum is even graffiti at all.