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MAYER, Andressa Sauzem; BRUM, Lucas Motta  and  SANTOS, Samara Silva dos. The (in)visibility of graffiti and tagging: subjecting youths?. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.1, pp. 1-12. ISSN 2359-0769.

This work aims to understand the meaning of graffiti for young offenders, as well as the motivations, feelings and social relations implicit in these practices. This study included six young people in conflict with the law, who had involvement with graffiti in a city in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The selection criteria for participation in this study were: having involvement with graffiti and aged between 15 to 29 years. As an instrument for data collection, an interview with a semi-structured script was used, this covered the following topics: sociodemographic data, information on the experiences related to graffiti involvement, and the meanings attributed to this infraction. The data obtained from the interviews were analyzed qualitatively. The information was organized in two thematic categories: Adrenaline and Visibility and Expression and Subjectivity. The results evidenced issues related to the need of young people to express them and communicate as subjects, stressing the importance of understanding for what spaces they circulate what place they occupy in the contemporary and what they want through these interventions. Lastly, it highlights how youth has been related to risk and how it has been treated in the contemporary, amid restricted and limited spaces, in which the marginalization and criminalization of these social manifestations are present. In this way, the potentialities of graffiti are highlighted as creative, transformative and subjectivizing power beyond transgression.

Keywords : youth; urban art; subjectivity; infraction; risk.

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