The Identity And Street Art

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Identity and Street Art
Michaila Forte
“An empty wall is an empty population” – Anonymous

Abstract
Street art emphasizes communal engagement, public activism, and awareness all while being an integrated part of a city. Social media is one of the most important tools to connect people in our lives, especially in today’s youth culture. Our group is interested in investigating the relationship between identity and media. We are approaching this question in three main ways: street art, gentrification, and social media posts. One of the main points of both social media and street art is broadcasting a message to a larger audience. We want to analyze these messages, the artists, and the audience to see what they reveal about overall identity in Berlin. I am specifically focusing on the role of the identity of the artist and what that brings to the understanding of art. YiShi is comparing and contrasting minority communities and gentrification to see what that reveals about the overall Berlin identity. Finally, Emerson is analyzing cultural identity, which he defined as part of the “self-conception and self-perception nationality to ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality and any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture” (Deshmukh 600) and applying it as a comparative look between America and Germany. All three of our specific topics are prominently cemented by the concept of identity through the lens of art and expression. Although all of
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