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Graffiti bullheads carved on the temple walls. RTI: Suzanne Davis and Janelle Batkin-Hall/IKAP, 2016

Temple graffiti reveals stories from ancient Sudan

Visitors to these sites had one particular religious ritual that may strike some as strange: they carved graffiti in important and sacred places.
Graffiti comment adorning an image of a woman in Brunswick. The comment was quickly erased, nearby tags stayed up much longer. Author provided

Where has Melbourne’s political graffiti gone?

A walk down Melbourne's streets reveals more commercial street art than the spontaneous politics of years past.
Long Island City’s 5Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists, was demolished in 2014. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

What the 5Pointz ruling means for street artists

A judge in New York City just awarded graffiti artists US$6.7 million after a developer whitewashed their murals. On the surface, it seems like a huge victory for street artists. But could it backfire?
A collaborative painting by Chris Honig and homeless street artists Soloe and Jubs in Hosier Lane. Photograph by Constantin Tanasa

Some rough sleepers are attracting tourists with their street art

Some say homelessness creates squalor in our cities. But Hosier Lane — the most Instagrammed spot in Melbourne — thrives partly due to homeless street artists.
Councils around the world have removed, destroyed or defaced Banksy’s artwork – but a controversial new show in Melbourne celebrates his work. Rise of Banksy/Supplied

Commodifying Banksy

An exhibition in Melbourne of work by the world's most famous street artist is replete with ironies: from the eerily neat faux London streetscape in which the works hang to the hefty price tag and copious merchandise.
Hosier Lane, the iconic Melbourne laneway. David Kelly

Graf all you want, but don’t you dare be poor!

Businesses have traded on graffiti and the air of edginess that draws visitors to Melbourne's laneways. But they draw the line at sharing space with the homeless, whose right to the city is denied.

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