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Walls that Speak - Beirut's painted walls

The walls of Beirut talk volumes about the city and its habitants. Many of the city's bullet-scarred walls are covered in words, drawings, signs, slogans and graffiti art. They offer a glimpse both of a vibrant and emerging art culture as well as the abiding dark force of political sectarianism.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2013/04/2013431151390...

10 May: HAHA's Metamorphosis (Melbourne)

Metamorphosis.

Metamorphosis is an exploration into the archetype's of the human psyche. As humans, we create the archetypes that exist amongst us as individuals, and as a part of a couple, a family, a tribe or a nation.

Here HAHA investigates these archetypes by means of stencil: fusing portraits of people together to find a link or connection between couples, or by fusing man with machine and beast.

The viewer is presented and faced with questions about the archetype within relationships, transhumanism & the beast man.

HAHA

HAHA (Regan Tamanui) is one of Australia's most notorious and prolific stencil artists. He called the Blender Studios home for many years before extending his art practice with an extended, overseas trip.

Now he is back, and is having his first solo show since returning to Melbourne at Blender Studios' gallery Dark Horse Experiment.

Please join us for the opening of this exciting show.


• Location: Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin Street Melbourne
• Exhibition Dates: Saturday May 11th to Saturday June 1st, 2013.
• Opening Date: Friday 10th May, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
• Opening Hours: Wed to Sat 12–6pm

City of Tiny Lights - evol's Buildings

A nice blog post with photos of evol's small apartment building stencils (basically windows and balconies on block-shaped objects). Xsacto sent this link over...

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/evol-buildings

"Berlin-based street artist Evol playfully transforms city blocks, power boxes, walls, and any other public architecture he comes across into micro cities as part of his ongoing Buildings series......"

130 New Stencil Photos for the Stencil Archives

Thanks for the submissions: Esmeralda, Amanda, Raven, Xsacto, Eleni, and Brian

Music to upload to: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, St. Gorge's Canzona

Ha Ha in San Francisco
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Australia-AU/Australian...

Banksy (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

12 April: Dissidents (Berlin)

http://openwallsgallery.tumblr.com/post/46926716173/dissidents-group-sho...

The ongoing economic crisis and the rise of all kinds of populism in Europe demonstrate a dangerous backlash in 21st century history; meanwhile extreme industrialization, mass production & over consumption has led global warming to break all records. Quarrels over diminishing but vital natural resources and shrinking living space may well be the cause of future conflicts. However fucked up the situation our world is facing right now, there is still hope. To keep faith, we need to remember people’s abilities to protest and to resist. Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, the eastern and western worlds have both lately shown the capability to fight against establishment. Protest always starts in the streets, and so often does art. The street is a mixture of languages and a hotchpotch of voices, where the pictograms of road signs and the surreal messages written by street artists live side by side, and where the simple commercial communication runs up against the political. To the careful observer the street makes visible the underlying noise of our society.

By acknowledging the social and political unrest of our time, OPEN WALLS Gallery cordially invites you as we debut Dissidents, a group show. A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution. Using the urban landscape as a playground, seeking truth and raising awareness, the artists that we have chosen for this show strive for non-conformity and create work representative of both political and social opposition, making them pioneers of dissident activity.

Join us on Friday April 12th in Stattbad Berlin as we contribute to the social strife of 2013 with works by:

BR1, JUST, ALIAS, EMESS, VERMIBUS, GIACOMO SPAZIO & NEGATIVE VIBES

Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art

 

Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art
by Hrag Vartanian on April 4, 2013

Original here: http://hyperallergic.com/68151/artist-arrested-for-instagramming-street-...

20-year-old artist Jennifer Pawluck was arrested Wednesday morning at 10:30am after posting a picture of anti-police street art on her Instagram feed a few days before.

“Many of my friends do not like the police,” Pawluck told the Huffington Post Québec in French. “I thought it would be funny to put the picture on Instagram. I do not even know who he is, Ian Lafrenière.”

Pawluck took the photo in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood of Montreal, where she lives, and police arrived early yesterday with a warrant accusing her of uttering threats to the Montreal police spokesperson Ian Lafrenière.

The photo in question depicts a hand-drawn image of Ian Lafrenière with a gunshot wound to the head flanked by the words “Ian Lafrenière” and “ACAB” — a popular graffiti acronym that stands for “all cop[per]s are bastards.”

According to what she told the Huffington Post, Pawluck was brought to the police station and detained for nearly four hours. The arrest warrant alleges that Pawluck acted with intent to harass Lafreniere and gave him reason to fear for his safety.

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