The migration crisis that is hitting Europe these days is having a strong effect on the artworld since day 1. From Banksy’s “Mediterranean Boat Ride” installation at Dismaland, murals and art pieces commenting on the situation, to different art-related charities being setup to help. One of the most recent initiatives of such sort is solidARTy.org which was launched only few days ago.
This website is auctioning original and rare edition works by well known urban and street artists, with 100% of the proceeds going to volunteer initiatives that are helping refugees in Eastern Europe (such as Are You Syrious). Being outside of the Schengen EU these places are points where 1,000s of people get stuck on daily basis, waiting for their turn and chance to cross the border. Often staying in improvised camps on no mans land, without food, water or shelter, the conditions there are often compared to concentration camps. As “nobody’s problem” these people are left to the mercy of volunteers and individuals that are doing their best to provide them the basics.
solidARTy.org was started with an idea to help raise funds for these initiatives which are saving lives on daily basis. Offering artworks directly donated by the artists as well as collectors, this week they’ll be offering works by Ernest Zacharevic, Ella & Pitr, Escif, Icy & Sot, Pez, Sepe, Bezt, Marco Wagner, with many more names and works being added later on.