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SPOTTED IN PASSING: THEIR OWN FAULT

In almost every TV production where Kreuzberg is the background for the main plot one immediately knows it is Kreuzberg that they mean – every single house is covered with graffitti from the bottom to at least the first floor (only to take a 3- or 4-storey break and continue directly under the roof).

It is true that graffitti is a big problem in the borough. But you can also look at it the other way round: it is one of its very own, very peculiar marks. Something that makes it special. My view of graffitti is pretty simple: if I look at a damaged façade and laugh or am in awe, it is art. If I look at a damaged facade and feel like shoving the paint spray can up the author´s sphincter, it ain´t art, it´s a bloody nuisance. Call it simplistic or subjective, I cannot say I care (although there might be paint sprayed all over your front door any time soon…)

It seems that the scene I captured today presents a rather negative take on street art´s relationship with its public. Perhaps the shop-owner should consider selling chalk instead?

SELBER SCHULD ( THEIR OWN FAULT)

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