The Street Art Belgrade team consists of professionals that have enthusiastically collected photographs and documented, in different media, art pieces that are part of graffiti culture and street art. The aspects of documentary photography and art history are most present at this stage of the project. These are basic tools for understanding what is going on in the streets of Belgrade when it comes to these forms of art. We research and photograph everything that is related to graffiti in general, because that gives the context to our part of research, but have decided to concentrate on the production of graffiti culture and street art. This means that we research, document and promote everything that is related to:

  • graffiti culture that was created in New York at the beginning of 1970s and all forms of this expression that have developed from it in more than fifty years of existence,
  • street art as an artistic expression that has steamed from graffiti culture and gained global appreciation,
  • new muralism as an art form that came to be when graffiti writers and street artist produced their art in the public space but with the permission.

Since graffiti and street art are created in the public space without permission, they contain within themselves a very special ingredient – a possibility for the artists to voice their thoughts and emotions without sanctions. This is the reason why we put all our efforts in documenting exactly the art works that were done without permission.

The fact that these art works are created in the streets make the same streets a gallery or museum space. Therefore, it is not necessary to own these pieces, it is not necessary to preserve them in physical form, it is not necessary to put them in the institutional context for they will lose their essence. What is necessary, though, is to document them properly and to allow those that have interest in these art forms to see and read the history of graffiti culture and street art in Belgrade.

Hence an idea of the digital institution. This institution is imagined as a place where one could find the biggest amount of information about a particular artist or artwork without actually intervening on the streets in their natural setting. We have created a photo archive where each photo will be processed with museological system in mind and cross-referenced with other art works of the same artists, topic, crew, technique and so on. This archive will serve as data base for the creation of the exhibitions in Virtual Reality (VR).