Over 60 internationally recognised street & visual artists including Hyuro, Escif, David De La Mano and Robert Montgomery have taken part in the world’s first coordinated ad takeover in 12 countries as part of #SubvertTheCity – a week of creative action that saw artists and the public imagining a world beyond consumerism. The artworks installed in advertising spaces share images and ideas of hope & solidarity in order to challenge the politics of fear and division that is gripping western societies.
Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris last night – ahead of the United Nations summit beginning this Monday.
Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the Brandalism project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.
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.
Thanks to The Powers That Be, we managed to
sneak into get a VIP tour of Dismaland at the weekend. This is what it looked like…
Escif has been working on a new book for the last two years, which he wants to publish himself. He has released a crowd funding campaign to raise the money to produce it.
So far, the first part of Escif’s crowd funding campaign has been a huge success and he has managed to raise enough money to produce the book and send it to those who supported it. The campaign will continue for a little longer and now the aim is to raise €21,000 to be able to:
– Build an online platform to sell and distribute the publication
– Ameliorate the final art of the book (in Rastamouse terms, ‘mek a bad ting good’)
– Buy whiskey and cigarettes (the key part to actually getting the book done)
Henrik Haven, aka Henrik Lamar travelled to Aalborg (Denmark) to shoot some of the process at WE AArt – a public art event, featuring new murals by Aryz, Alexis Diaz, Escif, Liqen, Waone and AEC of Interesni Kazki, Franco Fasoli aka Jaz, Fintan Magee, Kenor and Don John. Here are some of the shots from the set up:
Being one of the larger Danish cities, Aalborg deserves an interesting and inspiring urban space. The reality of today is that very little contemporary art enriches Aalborg – or the people living in it. Street art – public art – already exists in Denmark, and can be seen in particularly larger cities. WEAArt is, however, the first festival in Denmark to focus entirely on murals.