Jonna Tolonen – a streetwalker and a street researcher
"I have never been in this place before. I sense everything of it for the first time in my life: the light, the sounds, the walls, the colours. All my senses are in an extra alert to suck everything in, trying to apprehend this."
As a street art researcher, my focus is on the relationship of street art and society. My interest lies on political street art for the reason that what happens in the society is often first visible in the streets. Therefore I walk and photograph streets. I mostly do this in Spain. Most of my research is based on visual ethnographic work. As a result of my studies, I see most of the street art as a medium of communication. Very often street art is also a part of political participation. My Ph.D. dissertation "Visage of Madrid–Illegal Graffiti as a Part of Spanish 15-M Protests" was released in the summer of 2016. Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lapland in the Faculty of Arts and Design and investigating street artists that paint political street art.
Contact me for lecturing, teaching or writing about street art. I have written and talked (both in Finnish and in English) about political, feministic and social street art but also about how street art can be used as a communication tool in city neighbourhood activism.
My photos are displayed here