Everywhere you look today it seems like there is a storm of papers and forms for you to complete – you may even feel like this Surinamese ballerina dancing in a whirlwind of official documents in Leidseplein, Amsterdam.
The topic drives this new mural by JDL, who chose a ballerina because she observed how few persons of color make it into the arts as well, and she wonders about those same prejudices at work in other forms of bureaucracy.
“The Netherlands has come a long way, but there is still a lot of work to do,” she says. “This piece is a small reminder and dedication to keep dancing in bureaucracy. With awareness comes change, and by constantly addressing the issue we will collectively walk towards a brighter, more equal future.”
This project was realized with the contributions of: Yourban2030, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Airlite, Won Yip and Humberto Tan.
When you are in trouble, reach out! You don’t have to do it alone. That is the sentiment you may think of when regarding this new mural by JDL (Judith de Leeuw) in Amsterdam.
The three frame story reads like stills in an animation, with two hand gradually getting closer to one another, loosely wrapped in bandage.
Intended as a temporary placeholder for the new HIV/AIDS monument that will be installed soon at Amsterdam Central Station, JDL says that she’s depicting the relationships between people who are ill and their loved ones.
“Illness often isolates, but also brings people closer together,” says the artist. “This piece is a symbol and a celebration of the love that grows at the edge of the abyss.”
The three separate frames will be placed around the station at the projects’ end.
JDL would like to thank her assistant painter on this project, James Jetlag.
Artist JDL has created an enormous split image of the same person in Rome, and the message is one of celebration and acceptance.
In a city known for its reverence of so-called classical beauty, this beauty is looking in the mirror and seeing someone who others may not. She’s “looking into a frame, as a mirror, seeing her reflection as a man,” says JDL.
“It is designed to create an emotional understanding in the process of acceptance of persons in the LGBT+ movement.”
Part of Yourban2030, organizers say it is the first green mural dedicated to the LGBTQ+ movement, with mixed materials – where the last layer of paint (airlite) is actively displacing enough pollution to equal the same amount produced by 52 cars per day.
Together with the team, JDL has created an iconic image of the LGBTQ+ world, Andrea Berardicurti, a larger than life figure who passed away in 2018 and who was also known as Karl Du Pigne.
Here’s the euronews video on YouTube where a lot of hateful comments were added towards the LGBT+ community, a time-honored tradition that still hangs on:
This mural was done in collaboration with Yourban2030 and with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Circolo Mario Mieli, and Vladimir luxuria.
An hour north of New York City in the wealthiest
county of the state, a new mural program extends the reach of organizers Audrey
and Thibault Decker of Street Art for Mankind. They say that they have
produced murals and exhibitions in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and Midtown with the support
of more than 50 international Street Artists in the last few years – all with
the goal of raising awareness and funds to stop child trafficking worldwide.
The New Rochelle murals that went up this fall and were
debuted in November through and organized art walk and other events appear to
be more loosely correlated with local pride and history, such as the one by
artist Loic Ercolessi featuring local-born musician Don Mclean (“American Pie) and
Manhattan-born musician Alicia Keyes (“Empire State of Mind”).
An inspiring walk through the city’s downtown neighborhood on a grey and brisk fall day to discover these new murals was warmed by sharing the experience with photographer Martha Cooper, who took the train up from the city with BSA co-founder Jaime Rojo to catch the new works. The program here is called “NRNY Artsy Murals” and a highlight from this day was taking a cherry lift with Ukrainian Street Artist AEC to get a closer look at him while he worked on his new mural of allegorical surrealism.
quality is obviously high and the program eclectic, including artists such as DanK
(GBR), Elle (USA & AUS), JDL (NLD), Loic Ercolessi (USA & FRA), Lula
Goce (SPA), Mr Cenz (GBR) and Victor Ash (DEN, FRAand POR). Ash left the city
with a new floating astronaut high above the Earth, which may describe some of
the uplifting feelings passersby may experience here in New Rochelle.