Alexandra Parrish : 14 From 2014

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Happy Holidays to all of you charming and sparkling BSA readers!
It’s been a raucous sleigh ride with you and we thank everyone most sincerely for your support and participation this year. A sort of tradition for us at the end of this December we are marking the year with “14 from 2014”. We asked photographers and curators from various perspectives of street culture to share a gem with all of us that means something to them. Join us as we collectively say goodbye and thank you to ’14.
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Writer and curator Alexandra Parrish has contributed her personal accounts and observations on BSA with her experiences in organizing Atlanta’s Living Walls festival and her various travels abroad. BSA was very fortunate this year when Alex wrote directly from Kiev during the democratic uprising there, where she explained a new sculpture installed amidst the crowds in Independence Square. Not surprisingly, it remains her favorite installation of the year.

“Members of the Euromaidan movement in Kiev face the sculpture titled “New Ukraine,” illegally installed in solidarity with the on-going civil unrest in Ukraine by French artist Roti. This photo was taken on the 16th of January, 2014, the day President Yanukovych attempted to thwart opposition by passing a series of anti-protest laws, and just a few days before a conflict with deadly consequences between protestors and riot police. While the area has been wiped clean following Yanukovych’s resignation, “New Ukraine” remains to this day a monument to the many months of struggle and lives lost, but more importantly, a symbol of renewal and hope.”

~ Alexandra Parrish

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Roti. Kiev, Ukraine. (photo ©Maxim Dondyuk)

 

Read Alexandra’s original piece, A ‘New Ukraine’ Sculpture In Kiev By Street Artist Roti

 

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