Beatstreet Graf crew 2010

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Beatstreet was Hamilton’s premiere hip hop summit for youth and ran every year for ten years at the Meteor theatre. B-boys and B-girls battled it out for supremacy on a square of black and white vinyl, and out the back the organisers made miracles happen with the help of invisible legions that somehow always managed to materialise out of the shadows.

The Graf crew of 2010 knew that this Beatstreet would probably be the last one. There’s only so much silk purse you can make out a pig’s ear of funding after all. Here on the walls of the Meteor that had always been there for the community, they left their mark. Some remnant of ten years of memories and good times writ large in the loading zone, out the back, where those who counted would see it.


Stefanie Young
Stefanie Young


I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT (Auckland, NZ) in 1995, and received an MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute (New York, USA), 2000. During my time in New York, I was involved as teaching assistant to my professor in the critical theory department, and also had the opportunity to intern with a cross-section of New York artists and galleries.

Since returning to New Zealand, I have taught at Unitec School of Art and Design in Auckland, and Elam School of Fine Arts before joining the staff and students at Wintec, Hamilton in 2006.

I exhibit in New Zealand, Australia and New York, and regularly participate in international group shows. My primary practice utilises photography and painting to engage with issues of perception, representation and ways of seeing.