Graffiti has long been thought of as a young person’s game. The stereotypical spray-can wielder is a young man wearing a hoodie, and most definitely not a smiling elderly lady. But this group of women in Lisbon are defying this stereotype.
Clad in floral dresses, and armed with cans of paint, a group of elderly ladies have stormed the city of Lisbon, leaving colourful street art in their wake.
Lata65 is a Lisbon-based organisation that runs workshops for over-65s interested in street art. It teaches the participants (dubbed “graffiti grannies”) the history and theory of street art, before introducing them to practical techniques.
“The more I paint, the more I want to paint,” 66-year-old Olinda Rodrigues told The Guardian. “I didn’t really like street art that much before this; I always thought it was just kids making a mess of the walls. But now I understand the history behind it and the way of thinking and I appreciate the artists more.”
Street art is, at its essence, a form of self-expression, and this group (whose eldest member is 90 years old, and youngest member is 59 years old), certainly have something to say. Their work is vibrant and fun, and they are full of vitality.
The potential for collaboration between young and old citizens through the medium of street art is fantastic, and these formidable pensioners prove that age is just a number.
Article by Rose Miyonga
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