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Black Paint as Class Warfare in São Paulo

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Sao Paulo - Pichacao climber

São Paulo’s class divisions are written in black paint. The subculture that has risen around pichação, a stark, runic form of graffiti, is described in this New York Times article:

Their graffiti, called pichação, from the Portuguese verb “pichar,” or cover with tar, reflects the urban decay and deep class divisions that still define much of São Paulo, a city with a metropolitan population approaching 20 million. It is just one reminder of the social ills that Brazil’s economic boom has so far failed to resolve, and may perhaps even be accentuating, despite recent strides in reducing income inequality.

Written by Crystal Bae

January 29th, 2012 at 10:57 am

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