Street Art in East Timor: Creative (Re)Constructions of Identity in Times of Crisis

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Timor-Leste is one of the world’s youngest nation-states and home to a vibrant, politically active street art scene. Despite a violent past of foreign occupation, East Timorese artists have much hope for a prosperous future, reflected in the graffiti scene since independence in 2002. Their graffiti is reactionary and responsive to national politics, providing a visual commentary of society and hopes for the nation. Contextualised in post-independence socio-political challenges, this chapter explores how artists use public spaces to offer an alternative vision for the politics of their nation, especially in times of political crisis, by engaging with creative peacebuilding initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitical Graffiti in Critical Times
Subtitle of host publicationThe Aesthetics of Street Politics
EditorsRicardo Campos, Andrea Pavoni, Yiannis Zaimakis
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781789209426
ISBN (Print)9781789209419
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameProtest, Culture & Society


  • Peacebuilding
  • Security
  • Timor-Leste
  • Street art

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


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