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View of “Tercerunquinto: Doble fondo” (False Bottom), 2017, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Photo: Rodrigo Viñas.

SOCIAL STRIFE bequeaths to history a form of abandoned and unrecognized literature. Wall drawing, or graffiti, is one of the most accessible strategies for recording dissent, indignation, and rage in public space. In our work we emphasize the ephemeral nature of graffiti, as it is invariably authored by elusive and anonymous figures. We deconstruct the transitory and clandestine nature of these street-level expressions to explore the aesthetics and poetry that form the core of what is, in essence, a social grammar of sadness.

Since the destiny of these communal records is to disappear and be forgotten, we designed a variation on archaeological cataloguing to preserve dozens of politically driven tags and slogans that militate against various authority figures. The tags are transferred and preserved on fabric via cloth dipped in solvent. To counter the marginalization of graffiti

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