The hardworking crew behind POW! WOW! Hawaii just wrapped up their official recap video for this years event. Showing on wall and behind the walls action by the participating artists, this video captures the essence of this world wide famous festival and its unique vibe. Shot from the ground, cherry pickers and drones, the flick gives an unique chance to see artists such as Doze Green, Strok, Natalia Rak, Case Maclaim, Hot Tea, Fafi, Kevin Lyons and many more, getting their work done under the tropical sun. With artists like Olek, Maya Hayuk or Tristan Eaton talking about their personal experiences and the distinctive atmosphere they experienced during their stay in the paradise, this video is great way to round up another successful edition and start warming up for the next years event.
Brooklyn Street Art recently kicked off the 7th part of Urban Nation’s Project M series. We caught up with BSA directors Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo to get the lowdown on their part of the project.
VNA: So, why did you guys put this together?
Steve: We had a couple of goals when putting ‘Persons of Interest’ together – one was to counter the cultural imperialism that can happen in these large street art/mural festivals around the globe right now. It is sort of in response to a critique we have heard in the last few years as an international circuit of recurring Street Art “names” go into a host city and leave work that people can’t relate to personally. We wanted to leave work that people in Berlin could feel connected to.
Jaime: We also asked each of the 12 artists to do research and produce a portrait of someone who lived in Germany or who lives in Brooklyn and is from Germany – a cultural exchange that highlights the real connection that Brooklyn and Berlin artists communities have had for decades, something we’re both personally familiar with as artists. The results have been nothing short of amazing (and gratifying) to us, because each of the artists chose people who they also relate to – realist and Dadaist artists, social and political activists, a writer and poet, an icon of the silver screen, Turkish immigrants, even a German photographer who lives next door to one of the artists in Brooklyn.
VNA were invited to check out NUART Festival in Norway, apart from being rainy and £10-a-beer expensive, it was also pretty good. These are some of the shots from Henrik Haven and Butterfly of what went on (mainly because they’re heaps better photographers than any of the VNA team)
This years event featured a mostly Euro-centric line-up, including Andreco, Borondo, Fra.Biancoshock, Dotdotdot, Etam Cru, Icy & Sot, Levalet, Martin Whatson, Mathieu Tremblin, Strøk, Spy, Tilt, M-City, Maismenos and John Fekner, as well as a rad wonky Scandi-house collab from Liam Hayhow & Epifany.
A little while back, we kicked off a project in Berlin with 11 UK artists as part of the latest instalment of Urban Nation’s Project M Series in Berlin.
Below is a visual rundown from photographers Birdman, Henrik Haven and Mark Murphy.
Eine painted the facade with his glamorous assistant Christopher Stead, whilst the other 10 artists took out a window each at ground level.