A Semantic Approach to Urban Graffiti from Semiotics Viewpoint

Document Type : Original Paper


1 Associate Professor, Islamic Azad University, Abhar, Branch, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art and Architecture, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Branch, Iran.


City is the most complicated and tangible creature of man. There is a critical mutual communication
between human and city; and the effect of one’ living environment is beyond question. Graffiti is a new urban
phenomenon, which has drawn attention in light of its connection with protestation culture and street art. Thanks to
symbolism of graffiti, the artists have added mysterious aspects to their work and distinguished themselves from formal
culture. Social protestation is the most notable feature of the graffiti found in Iranian cities. However, to the best of our
knowledge, there has been no notable research work in Iran on the relationship of human, society, and existence from
of graffiti symbolism viewpoint in particular. The present study is an attempt to survey and evaluate common symbols
used on urban graffiti through documentary research. Technique and content analysis in stratified semiology based on
Iranian-Islamic culture were taken into account.


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