Graffiti and street art videos | A must see

We selected a best of graffiti and street art videos and documentaries, from classics to the unconventional ones, from animations to how street artists empower communities.

First stop: Romanian artist Obie Platon and his “Cosmonotrips” video. More about the project on Platonic Forms, the website of the first Romanian graffiti and street art movie.

“Limitless” (2013)  – video featuring Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench:

The idea of Urban Forms Gallery is to create a permanent street art exhibition in the public space of Lodz. Over 30 murals were already painted.

Here is a very interesting documentary film by French graffiti and street artist MTO about his participation at Sarasota Chalk Festival and the misunderstanding of his murals:

A short documentary about street art vs. illegal billboards in Los Angeles featuring artist collective Cyrcle, artists Lydia Emily, Smear, Ron English, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC), Benjamin, War N Buff It, LEBA, Septerhed, Destroy All Design, John Carlos De Luna & Esteban Cons.

Another Voice of Art documentary features graffiti artist GATS, who writes a poem throughout Oakland to show how street art can be used to make political statements and enrich the culture of a city.

Beautiful Losers” (2008) is a documentary film about the “do-it-yourself” style of street art, directed by Aaron Rose.

Featured artists: Thomas Campbell, Cheryl Dunn, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Steven “Espo” Powers, Aaron Rose, Ed Templeton and Deanna Templeton.

Feel in the Cracks” was a group exhibition featuring 11 artists under one abandoned roof:

Here is an animation inspired by Escif‘s works.

More videos by Escif are available on his Youtube channel and you can also follow his activity on Facebook and Flickr.

Speaking of animations and street art, Broken Fingaz, one of Israel’s first graffiti crews, created the following video:

BLU is one of the pioneers when it comes to this type of animations. Here is a collaboration with David Ellis:

In 2009 the Underbelly Project began four stories underneath the skin of New York. For 100 years, a massive subway station sat unfinished, unused, undiscovered. Over the course of a year, artists were secretly escorted into that station to leave their creative mark, and each artist painted for one full night.

If you love lettering,  in March 2013, during a visit to Minneapolis, Amsterdam-based artist/ designer Job Wouters aka Letman created a hand-painted mural in the Walker lobby. The story below:

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro, home to thousands, is seeing a $65 million redevelopment project which includes a cable car, funicular tram and new roads. The bulk of this investment will not reach the inhabitants. With 832 houses marked for demolition (nearly one third of the community), the expropriation procedure is deeply affecting the lives of the people who only recently had celebrated the pacification process that had freed the historic slum from a history of violence.

In September/October 2012, Portuguese urban artist Vhils and his team spent a month at Providência developing an art project that spoke out to the people in the light of the expropriation and demolition process, carving the portraits of some of those who have been evicted on what remained of their homes.

Boamistura also gets involved in projects for communities: