NUART JOURNAL #6 – RECONNECT
Within the last years the Nuart Journal established itself as the leading publication for critical commentary on urban art, street art and graffiti. It includes traditional peer-reviewed academic papers as well as more experimental modes of research. It is a site for scholars, artists, curators and independent researchers to publish articles, conversations, reviews, projects and opinion pieces on street art and related topics.
Following last year’s LOCKDOWN issue, this edition explores the theme of RECONNECTION and the ways in which researchers, artists, curators, and communities are forging and renewing connections with cities, projects, and each other as the uncertainty and disconnection of the past two years recedes.
Nuart Journal’s acid yellow RECONNECT issue contains 12 original articles. In his discussion of his latest book, ‘Lost Picture’, Professor Jeff Ferrell, the godfather of graffiti scholarship, asks whether we should rethink what we see as ‘street art’ by considering what forms of ‘hidden’ art on the streets might exist. He notes that ‘art in the museum or the household is confined to those who have access to it. But street art is there for everyone to see.’ Ferrell shows us a series of photos that were entirely salvaged from alleys and streets. Similarly, Adrian Burnham exposes the accidental and often anxious aesthetics of discarded everyday objects, as captured in the evocative photography of Franck Allais, while artist Alexandros Simopoulos presents a process-based visual essay, ‘Sache Que Je T’Aime: A Tag Turned Mural’, that shows the artist’s translation of an impassioned yet almost invisible urban scrawl to a work of monumental proportions. We end the issue with a very special round table.
Nuart Journal Issue 6 is available in person soon from Aberdeen Art Gallery shop and online here.
Huge thanks to Editor Suse Hansen, copy editor Daniel De Jongh, web manager Erik Sæter Jørgensen, our designers Studio Bergini and all the exceptional contributors and reviewers. The best one yet ? Catch the next launch at Lisbon’s Urbancreativity July 6-9. Love to all of our London friends, LGBTQ+ family and allies. Enjoy the day, stay safe, stay radical !