Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
In examining the artistic mobilization of the Asamblea Revolucionaria de Artistas de Oaxaca (ASARO), this thesis focuses on the transformative potential of the artists’ spatial practices through their investment in utilizing urban spaces throughout the city (Lefebvre 1991). Spatial politics of artists allows them to create "spaces of representation" through which they can represent themselves to the wider public (Mitchell 1995). Drawing on Habermas’ (1989) notion of public sphere - a place where private people come together to discuss and engage in critical, rational debate to form and or influence a public option - I argue that in stenciling their graphic messages on city walls, members of this artistic movement are physically and symbolically creating space for themselves in discussions and debates that they have historically been excluded from. Speaking from the perspective of shared experiences and struggles, ASARO’s images work to produce the collective subject of el pueblo (the people).
Barnett, Elizabeth, "Arte Clandestino: Rebellion, Graphic Art and Youth Culture in Oaxaca, Mexico." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2015.