Saturday, September 16, 2017

Banksy gives £205,000 to human rights and anti-arms trade groups

Street artist donates funds raised from auction of latest work to Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve

Civilian Drone Strike was auctioned at Art The Arms Fair, a five-day exhibition coinciding the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair. Photograph:

The street artist Banksy has given a financial boost to peace campaigners by donating the £205,000 raised from the sale of his latest work to Reprieve and Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Street Art In Shoreditch - Brick Lane (VIDEO)

Street Art In Shoreditch (Brick Lane) from Lucas Pelizaro on Vimeo.
Video shot mainly for my Visual Essay regarding Space and Time.
Brick Lane is a street in East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Discover the best street art London has to offer in the heart of Shoreditch, gateway to London’s East End. Shoreditch is home to a vibrant and colourful culture of street art, murals, cafes, bars, galleries, restaurants, fashion and markets. Street artists from London’s east end and the UK as well as international artists from all over Europe and the rest of the World leave an ever changing kaleidoscope of energy and creativity on the walls of Shoreditch.

Friday, January 22, 2016

How Brazilian Women Are Using Graffiti to End the Cycle of Domestic Violence

From street art to law reform, women across Brazil are taking a stand against gender-based violence.

In March 2015, Brazil became the 16th Latin American country with a “Femicide Act.” The law mandates harsher punishment when women die as a result of domestic violence, gender discrimination, or “contempt for” women. It was a response to the reported 15 Brazilian women who die each day as a result of domestic violence. Beyond advocating for harsher sentences, women across the country are working to prevent domestic violence, and offer support to survivors.

Street art as activism 
Episode three of A Woman’s Place brought Kassidy Brown and Allison Rapson to Brazil, where they met Panmela Castro, a street artist who uses graffiti to advocate for women’s rights. A victim of domestic violence herself, Castro joined Brazil’s graffiti art scene to find a sense of power in her artistic expression. Unfortunately, she didn’t find a lot of other women. “When she first got into graffiti, she was one of the only women, and she felt pressure to act all masculine,” said Rapson. The experience forced Castro to explore her own ideas about gender and how it’s related to power. If women could have that same experience together as a group, she thought, the result could be powerful.

That’s why she started Rede Nami, a nonprofit graffiti art group for women. Through her organization, Castro supports other women in their art as well as their personal lives and relationships. “She has a whole system where she teaches them all about their rights—she teaches them about what domestic violence is, what they can do to stop it, and how to spread awareness,” Rapson explained.

Participants also find power in the art itself. A lot of the members paint portraits, often of women in the organization. Brown and Rapson asked one participant in Rede Nami what it felt like to see a painting of herself on such a large scale. “She said, ‘I imagine it’s what it would be like when I finally get to see someone like myself on TV. I watch soap operas and I never get to see women on TV that look like me. But this is a chance to see myself represented in public,’” Brown said. “It’s awareness, it’s communication, and it’s representation."

Fixing the legal system
While they were in Brazil, Brown and Rapson met Judge Adriana de Mela, founder of Project Violeta. The project aims to create a safe space for women by informing domestic violence victims of their rights and helping them navigate Brazil’s legal system.

“With her resource center for victims of domestic violence, she’s creating a safe space in the legal system for women to come in, be heard, have their choice validated, and move through Brazil’s very complicated legal system quickly,” Rapson said.

Brazil’s current system forces women who come forward as victims of domestic violence to wait three or four days before they can be seen by a judge. During this time, women often have no place to go other than back home to their abusive partners, where they often face violence or even murder for reporting the abuse. Project Violeta expedites the process and provides a safe place to stay along with mental health counseling.

Although different in many ways, both of these projects make one thing clear: Safe spaces for women, and by women, are key to confronting obstacles in the fight for equal rights.

Source: Yesmagazine

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

West Palm mural mystery: Was graffiti vandalism or publicity stunt?

WEST PALM BEACH — Call it a mural mystery.

Over the holidays, someone spray-painted the words “This is not art” across a mural that was part of the Canvas Outdoor Museum, an art festival held downtown in November.

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