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Ex Voto NYC is a series of programs designed to explore votive practice today. Memorial Walls as Votive Sites: Tribute, Activism, and Collective Memory is inspired by the question, “Can graffiti be seen as a sacred act?” This conversation brings together graffiti artists, wall muralists, and activists, to explore the history of graffiti and wall murals in the South Bronx, its links to activism and a community’s commemoration of loss. Speakers include urban revitalization strategist Majora CarterHector “Nicer” Nazario of TATS Cru, and Janet Braun-Reinitz, an NYC based muralist and civil rights activist.

“You might never think about graffiti in a spiritual context, but in Highbridge, in the Bronx, that is exactly the case. Graffiti artists are often commissioned by Bronx community members to create tributes, in the form of murals, to loved ones from the neighborhood who were victims of untimely and often violent deaths. Unique to major urban areas like the Bronx, these walls offer a place close to home for family members, friends and neighbors to gather, share stories and heal the loss of their loved ones.”
—  “Memorial Murals”, June 21, 2002

November 14
7–8:30 pm
The Point
940 Garrison Ave.
Bronx, NY 10474

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