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ERIC Number: EJ976277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3541
Engaging "Gangland" Visual Culture: Memorializing Beltzhoover's Victims of Violence, 1993-1997
Bey, Sharif
Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, v53 n2 p94-111 Win 2012
This autoethnographic study contextualizes gangland visual culture (graffiti, tattoos, public/private shrines) in order to illustrate how young African American males memorialized victims of violence between the years 1993-1997 in Beltzhoover, an inner city African American community on Pittsburgh's Southside. The author, a former resident of the Beltzhoover community, describes the interactive nature of these visual phenomena with the intention of illustrating how memorial sites are created in the aftermath of personal tragedy, and how they continue to impact the public memory of Beltzhoover residents. By additionally focusing on the testimonies of mourning families, friends, and other memorializing works of art, the author discusses ways in which these visual culture environments merit pedagogy. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania