Art as therapy, how graffiti can break down social barriers

Fernando Romero, a prominent graffiti artist from New York, has been in Johannesburg as part of a series of art community projects.

He explains how the initiative has helped communities re-imagine their surroundings.

He and his team recently visited City Kids Pre and Primary School.

Particularly in areas where there are social issues, there is a lot of divisiveness, there are a lot of walls built up.

Fernando Romero, Graffiti artist

At least with our graffiti artists, we like to take those walls and make them colorful.

Fernando Romero, Graffiti artist

Metaphorically speaking we beginning the process of breaking that down…a lot of those social, political divides they kind of go away because what is more important to people is the creative and imaginative aspect of it.

Fernando Romero, Graffiti artist

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