These Walls can Talk

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Street art has a unique way of capturing the soul of a city, as civilians and artists use the public space as a canvas to express their deepest hopes and dreams. But when that city has endured so much heart break, so many years of conflict and foreign rule, the walls become an invaluable record of the psyche and history of the nation. On the decaying walls of East Timor’s capital Dili this history plays out in vivid colour, powerful iconography, and at times violent symbolism. But it’s the persistent messages of peace that tell us the most about the hearts of the people today.