Streetart in Tel Aviv – a way to „live“ democracy
Tel Aviv Streetart equal to Democracy?
In search of a little bit of political truth, the peculiarities of different cultures, the wishes and fears of people in different countries, I always look for street art.
If it exists, then it is certainly at least a bit critical. Rather rarely only loud and colourful.
In Cambodia it was the culture I found, in Thailand it was rather the big loud murals.
On Sumatra: no chance and in Cairo? Removed. Only a few are still to be found in the side streets, which clearly say what the artists/activists think about politics and politicians.
Streetart in Tel Aviv
And in Israel? Tel Aviv? I would have thought that it is mostly loud and colourful, but if you look closely you can also find the many little things that make it clear what they think of the current situation.
Why is this freedom of expression banned in Egypt but not in Tel Aviv?
Israel = democracy? Yes, still. At least for the Israelis, less so for the Palestinians.
There were just elections again and the fear that democracy will soon disappear for the Israelis too seems to be great.
So if the street art of Tel Aviv’s streets disappears, then this could be a clear sign for the loss of democracy.
At least we have searched and found an infinite amount. Even if you have to look closely and „read“ to understand the political, social message.
About the district Florentine and why you find here so many Streetart
The district of Florentin was once a simple working-class district in Tel Aviv with trade and industry.
Until the money came and with it the gentrification.
Shabby chic is „in“.
And so you can find the hip cafes and cool bars next to the shabby dirty corners or the small tradesmen who are still „alive“.
This Shabby Chic offers exactly the rancid house fronts for a lot of street art.
Illegal, but here it seems to be welcome. That’s what makes the gray, dark alleys so much more colorful.
Carpenters even put wood scraps on the street in the evening for free painting.
A ramshackle niche. Boarded up windows. Rusty shutters. All screens and projection surfaces for the poetic, the political or the aggressive fantasy of street artists.
But these free walls at your disposal are diminishing.
Of course there is renovation and restoration. And who would like to be a part of this freshly painted house of street art? Unless….. paid and properly chic 🙂
What else to see in the streets of Florentin
Of course, Streetart is not only available in Florentine, but here the colorfulness and density is unsurpassed.
There is an infinite number of things to discover and every day you walk through this district you will discover something you are sure wasn’t there yesterday.
Here too, Streetart has naturally become a real business. There are groups of people walking through the streets and it is explained what the artist wanted to say. Florentin has become a crowd puller. Tourists and locals cavort.
Streetart, the art of the non-conformist, has long since arrived in the mainstream.
By the way, it is also worth to stroll through the streets every now and then. Besides streetart there are also many other things to discover.
The quarter is still worth a city walk.
Here are some of my favorite artists or works. Some very political, some less so. Unfortunately I did not find out about every artist
All picture you can find here Street Art for Democracy
And of course we left something on the streets as well. Read about Berger H Elefant.