Laasya C. 2024 | BASIS Independent Fremont
- Project Title: Graffiti, The Punk Movement, Hip-Hop Culture, and Socioeconomic Oppression
- Basis Independent Advisor: Ms. Erica Quihuiz
- Internship Location: Independent Artist, Bay Area
- Onsite Mentor: Holly Wilson
In this project, my main goal is to explore the evolution of graffiti throughout history and how socioeconomic oppression plays a role in the evolution of art. I aim to combine my love for music with my love for an innovative, unique kind of art. Graffiti thrives in social/political unrest and economic instability, which is why it is so heavily associated with the Punk and Hip-Hop movements. These movements say a lot about capitalism and consumerism. I hope to show the influence of socioeconomic oppression as well as music of the time on graffiti art evolution. I will map a timeline of various tools, styles, and locations of graffiti pieces and artists in relation to major events in the United States and in relation to Punk and Hip-Hop music. I plan to explore Bay Area graffiti by taking BART and walking around cities with a lot of graffiti art. I also plan to explore Mission Street in San Francisco as well as the streets of Oakland. This project will include a visual element, a portfolio on the most common and widespread Bay Area writers containing photograph examples of their art along with locations pinned to show their path. I will be combining the artist portfolios, timeline, graffiti-density map of the Bay Area, and other research to create my final product, a ~1.5 hour documentary that I will submit to various streaming platforms once completed.