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Graffiti Is Art Not Vandalism
We are sure that almost all of you have seen and admired a graffiti wall at some point or the other. While most of us consider graffiti as modern art form, its roots can be traced back to ancient times. If you remember the pictures in your history textbook, you would know how old is the tradition of writing or drawing on walls. The remains from the times when we were hunters show that the art on walls was common. While the cave paintings or writings cannot be exactly referred to as graffiti but as long as the drawing or writing on walls is taken into account, it goes back to the prehistoric era.
GRAFFITI is fast becoming a form of expression in the country, as political activists and artists fear to openly express themselves, especially on matters relating to the State and President Robert Mugabe. Graffiti is generally used in many countries by artists and political activists to express underlying social and political messages. Other than expressing political opinions, some Zimbabweans are also using graffiti to express their anger at the treatment of workers by Chinese companies in the country. Chinhoyi University of Technology Art lecturer, Julius Nyamubaya said the emergence of graffiti of late is a clear testimony of lack of freedom of expression in the country. Nyamubaya said graffiti, which is common in Europe, is un-African, but was fast catching on in the southern African region.