Two of the best ways to understand a place is by learning the local language and checking out the street art, but it can be challenging to take the time to master both. But if you’re in Tel Aviv, Guy Sharett can take you on a tour of graffiti in Florentine, one of Tel Aviv’s hippest and most colourful neighbourhoods, and explain the plays on words in stencils, poetic texts in window fronts, and municipal signs.
The tour looks at the history of the neighbourhood, but it grew out of a period of social unrest in Tel Aviv last summer. With political commentary popping up around the city, Sharett thought it would be a good idea to explain to those learning Hebrew what people were really saying. More importantly, it acknowledges graffiti and street art as a legitimate narrative in the city.