Community Spirit – Set of 10 postcards each in an edition of 100 – a celebration of graffiti and community.
Tagging often splits public opinion and can be seen as vandalism. Tagging on a wall represents more than the written word and expresses so much about people, belonging, society, ambition, communities and media outrage. To celebrate and embrace tagging is to accept that we don’t live in a perfect world and that we all wish for a sense of belonging. Graffiti can be seen as a nuisance and illegal and those who frown upon it feel justified in doing so. The same people very often fail to ask important questions about street legal advertising and billboards which pollute our towns and cities. These advertisements have nothing to do with the community in which we live and are there for the sole purpose of corporate gain. Many of the images used in advertising are offensive and aspire to a media made world that pretends to care about people. Maybe some of the accusations leveled at street art and graffiti should also be leveled at corporate advertising? Advertising is about taking your money. Graffiti is about the people in your community expressing themselves without any financial gain. One of the questions we can ask is whose voice do we want to listen to? Graffiti is about more than we see on a wall… The Community Spirit cards are a colourful snap shot of tagging in Sheffield taken through 2009.