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BSA Film Friday: 02.12.16

Posted on February 12, 2016

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Madrid’s Finest: Alber, Snack, and Ysen
2. 10 Spots to Experience Street Art and Graffiti in NYC
3. Aryz In Detroit
4. David Zayas Installation Timelapse for “Muralismo” Exhibition in Puerto Rico

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BSA Special Feature: Madrid’s Finest

A fresh new video with Alber, Snack, and Ysen piecing the be-jesus out of a wall in Spain and giving you pure eye candy for Film Friday this week. Each a member of a different crew, the collaborative effort is a demonstration of “unity is strength”. In their case, it is a lot of style as well.

10 Spots to Experience Street Art and Graffiti in NYC

A visitor from London took his tips about NY Street Art and Graffiti from Time Out magazine, as many tourists do. Hitting all the spots by car and shot entirely on an iPhone in January, it’s a surface survey, a current snapchat of a complex scene that quickly changes.

 

Aryz In Detroit

Aryz did this wall with help from Library Street Collective and it is a good look at his process of building an image, shot by Mike Mojica.

 

David Zayas Installation Timelapse for “Muralismo” Exhibition in Puerto Rico

A surprising video that captures the 44 day installation period artist David Zayas had to transform a space for his exhibition considering the contemporary mural as an historical and modern practice and a vehicle for communication at the Lugar Museo Las Americas.

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Mr. Fijodor’s Phantasmagorical Creatures Somewhere in Italy

Posted on February 11, 2016

Wild Style. No, not the movie nor the distinctive look of aerosol lettering by a graffiti writer. But yes, that is what the Italian Mr. Fijodor refers to when talking about his surreal, simple and spontaneous creatures in an abandoned industrial grove. Maybe these are closer to Where the Wild Things Are since his style is more like an illustrator of a children’s fantastic tale than writer of a big burner.

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

“Clumsy hominids, hallucinated minotaurs, gargantuan fish and frightened dinosaurs peek out from the walls,” Mr. Fijodor tells us, and you can see how his imagination is freed in these spots that are slowly being reclaimed by the forces of nature. He says the hallucinatory phenoms come from his dreams as well as his nightmares but for urban explorers who like to discover places like this, they can become reality for a minute before they are covered with mold and vines.

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Livio Ninni)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Mr. Fijodor)

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Mr. Fijodor somewhere in Italy. (photo © Mr. Fijodor)

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“HAD” Collective: “Silence” Stirs Memories Of War in Bosnian Town

Posted on February 10, 2016

Some walls in Visoko still bear the pock marked patterns of bullets from the Bosnian War just over two decades ago. These newly battered walls bring back portraits of its victims.

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HAD Collective. “Silence” Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. January 2016. (photo ©  Ilhana Babic)

Using handheld electric jackhammers and circular saws to chip away at the façade in a manner similar to that popularized in recent years by the Portuguese Street Artist Vhils, the Bosnian artist collective HAD has created a series of images in a public park that commemorates war victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a focus on the Srebrenica genocide.

The wall portraits may take on additional meaning this week just as a convicted Srebrenica war criminal has been announced as dead in prison at The Hague. The polarized nature of the reactions to news of his death, including those calling him brave and honorable, is reflected in the reception that these artists received from passersby while they chiseled the concrete into anguished faces for their project called “Silence”.

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HAD Collective. “Silence” Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. January 2016. (photo ©  Ilhana Babic)

“Once they started working on carving the images into the wall, they faced objections from their fellow citizens,” says Josie Timms of Index On Censorship.  Assembled images from the artist’s own research, the figures are not necessarily of people well known, but still provoked strong emotions. “People were disgusted with what they saw, and many approached the artists while they were working, expressing their disapproval of having such images shoved in their faces.”

The three young artists of HAD – architect Muhamed “Hamo” Beslagic, fine artist Anel Lepic and street artist Damir Sarac – reportedly all worked for free and they say that “Silence” is intended as an activist act aimed at breaking a lulling censorship that they feel has taken over the topic in the years since the end of the war. Some passersby agree with that view and gave them encouragement, even thanked them for their work.

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HAD Collective. “Silence” Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. January 2016. (photo ©  Ilhana Babic)

“This really is a labor of love and hate, life and death, a story that needed to be told,” says freelance writer and photographer Ilhana Babic, who calls Visoko her hometown and who shares her photos of the walls here. “With every blow of the hammer into the wall, a piece of the past is removed to reveal the future. This art, through struggle, epitomizes the cultural and political landscape that these works come from. Here HAD shows a picture of the present to the world because the social, economic and political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is bizarre and no one wants to admit it – nor to feel responsible for it. It’s like they’re seeking help, answers.”

Babic describes her impression of the project this way, “They want to stop the silence that has happened in the recent past so they carved the real images of Bosniak victims from that period into this 35 meter long wall. The wall is portioned into frames and the columns are also used to display the number of the victims (8,372). Each frame has its individual story but together they all silently scream to remind people of those who were silenced in Srebrenica.”

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HAD Collective. “Silence” Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. January 2016. (photo ©  Ilhana Babic)

Perhaps because the new public work is painfully controversial, the artists steered clear of potentially contentious verbiage when unveiling it to an audience. “The opening ceremony was held without an opening speech, without applause. HAD decided to open it in complete silence, with a peaceful walk in order to pay their respect to the victims once more,” says Babic.

The newly drilled and hand hammered images are partly sculptural, partly memorial mural.  With these images “Silence” may not necessarily provide a salve on the wounds of war. Regardless of the viewers’ political position the effect of these sorrowful figures is difficult at best, deeply disturbing at worst.

One wonders how challenging work like this will fare in a public space, and for how long. While graffiti writers and street artists worldwide will tell you that they know their work in the public sphere is temporary, ethereal, will this same expectation apply to this new series of portraits by HAD?

Possibly the works have already served their purpose because they have caused the reopening of conversations that have been almost coercively quieted. Babic tells us, “Each frame has its individual story but together they all silently scream to remind people of those who were silenced in Srebrenica.”

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HAD Collective. “Silence” Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. January 2016. (photo ©  Ilhana Babic)

 

For more information about HAD and their projects and exhibitions visit www.hadartwork.com

 

 

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This article was also published in The Huffington Post

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Borondo and Agostino Iacurci at St+ART India 2016

Posted on February 9, 2016

St+art India is coming on strongly this year with their Delhi festival of Street Artists and related talents meeting at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) and creating works on shipping containers. A walk-through installation that uses 100 shipping containers as canvasses and sculpture, approximately 25 national and international artists are painting here during the month of February.

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Borondo for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

Included in this years’ program are assorted walls in the newly created Lodhi Arts District which lies between Khanna Market and Meherchand Market. Now back in Rome, Italy after their visit to the ongoing events, Lorenzo Gallitto and Giorgio Base of Blind Eye Factory tell us, “India was incredible! We really enjoyed it! “

The guys also share with BSA readers these fresh new exclusive photos of walls by their countrymen, Agostino Iacurci and Gonzalo Borondo. Distinctly different styles, they are two of the real talents on the scene whose work we continue to keep our eye on.

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Borondo for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Borondo for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

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Agostino Iacurci for St+ART India 2016. New Delhi, India. (photo © BlindEyeFactory)

 

Our most sincere thanks to BSA Contributors Lorenzo and Giorgio at BlindEyeFactory.com for sharing their photos with BSA readers. Stay tuned for a full photo essay of this year’s edition of St+ART India with more photos from these gentlemen.

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