In partnership with Greenpeace Malaysia, the artist collective Splash and Burn has undertaken a year-long campaign in Malaysia to combat haze pollution and advocate for clean air as a fundamental human right. The project, led by artist Ernest Zacharevic, has involved five impactful interventions alongside Southeast Asian artists such as Cloakwork, Pangrok Sulap, and Fahmi Reza. The campaign culminated earlier this month in an exhibition called “Haze: Coming Soon” held in Kuala Lumpur, attracting over 6,000 attendees who engaged with thought-provoking art, film screenings, and informative displays.
The exhibition showcased powerful murals, including the “Transboundary Haze” by Ernest Zacharevic and Fahmi Reza’s “Caution: Jerebu Is Coming Back.” Other artists like Cloakwork, Trexus, Trina Teoh, Bibichun, and the Pangrok Sulap collective contributed captivating works. Studio Birthplace, a key organizer, presented a short film titled “Wasteminster: A Downing Street Disaster,” highlighting the daily export of plastic waste. The event also featured films like “Haze-zilla,” “Rewild,” and “Haze: Coming Soon.”
Through the exhibition, Greenpeace’s informative displays emphasized the detrimental impact of haze pollution on health and the environment. Visitors were urged to sign a petition advocating for enacting a Transboundary Haze Pollution Act and engage with local Members of Parliament to combat haze. The collaboration between Splash and Burn, Greenpeace, and filmmaking company Studio Birthplace demonstrates the power of art in driving awareness, fostering dialogue, and inspiring collective action to address environmental challenges, leaving a lasting impact on the fight against haze pollution.
To coincide with world environment day the artist reveals ‘Transboundary Haze’.
“The main drivers of transboundary haze are man-made fires,” says street artist/fine artist Ernest Zacharevic in a statement about his new ‘Transboundary Haze’. “Palm oil and acacia, which are used for pulp and paper products, are burned. It results in a variety of ecological, economic and health effects.”
Leaving you to participate in this crossword in Malaysia, the street piece anticipates a rise in temperature along with the haze phenomenon this summer and demands that the topic be addressed during upcoming elections.
The Lithuanian artivist has used his talents to raise awareness of environmental issues previously and is hoping this new one will raise the level of awareness. “Living in Malaysia, the transboundary haze has become a natural part of life,” he says.”It’s a regular occurrence for many and from what I can see, it seems like people are just trying to learn to live with it rather than finding ways to prevent or solve it.”
“The government should enhance air quality governance, and strengthen the recognition of environmental rights,” says Greenpeace Malaysia campaigner Heng Kiah Chun, with whom Zacharevic worked on this new project. “Having a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right.”
Our special thanks to Charlotte Pyatt and to Ernest Zacharevic and the whole team for sharing this news with BSA readers.
In her introduction to the list, editor Katherine Brooks writes:
“It turns out, 365 days is hard to summarize in anything but a laundry list of seemingly disparate phenomena, filled with the good — woman-centric street art, rising Detroit art scenes, spotlights on unseen American art– and the bad less than good — holiday butt plugs, punching bags by Monet, Koonsmania. But, as a New Year dawns, we found ourselves just wanting to focus on the things that made us beam with pride in 2014. So we made a list of those things, a list of the pieces we’re proud of.”
Describing why we thought this was an important story for us we wrote:
“We loved a lot of stories this year, but this hometown Brooklyn one about a street artist with humanity mounting her first solo major museum exhibition was a special turning point — and an astounding success. For us street art is a conversation, a continuum of expression, and Swoon is always a part of it. From following her street career to her transition to international fame to witnessing this exhibition coming to fruition in person in the months leading up to the Brooklyn Museum show, it is easy to understand why Swoon still remains a crucial part of the amazing street art scene and continues to set a standard.”
-Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington, HuffPost Arts&Culture bloggers and co-founders of Brooklyn Street Art
In fact, we wrote 48 articles that were published on the Huffington Post in 2014, and as a collection we hope they further elucidate the vast and meaningful impact that the Street Art / graffiti / urban art movement continues to have on our culture, our public space, and our arts institutions.
Together that collection of articles published by BSA on Huffpost in ’14 spanned the globe including stories from Malaysia, Poland, Spain, France, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, New York, Arizona, The Navajo Nation, Philadelphia, Sweden, Istanbul, New Jersey, Lisbon, The Gambia, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Rome, India, Italy, Delhi (India), Montreal, San Francisco, London, Coachella, Chicago, Kabul (Afghanistan), and Kiev (Ukraine).
Here on BSA we published another 320 postings (more or less).
We thank you for allowing us to share these inspirational and educational stories with you and we are honored to be able to continue the conversation with artists, art fans, collectors, curators, academics, gallerists, museums, and arts institutions. Our passion for Street Art and related movements is only superceded by our love for the creative spirit, and we are happy whenever we encounter it.
Our published articles on HuffPost in 2014, beginning with the most recent:
We have become accustomed to being surprised by the occasional tropical bird perched above head in the urban jungle that is NYC. But Mr. Toll has never looked so site-appropriate until now.
While taking part in the “Urban Xchange: Crossing Over” mural arts festival in Penang, Malaysia recently, Mr. Toll headed straight to the jungle with photographer Henrik Haven in tow. There he placed his now familiar clay sculptures of birds into verdant lush surroundings and you have to admit they look perfectly happy there.
Somehow climbing up and over large moss covered tree roots is a very appealing thought on this grey January day, especially when you are confronted with the bright and colorful plumage of a sculpture by the Brooklyn-based street artist. Not sure about the availability of a deli here, or a corner for that matter.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring $howta, Crummy Gummy, Dhear, Don John, Eelco Virus, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Mistakoy, Mr. Oneteas, Peter Van Flores, Rocko, Tracy168, WERC, and ZIMAD.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Aiko, City Kitty, Clet, Dain, Deekers, JB Rock, KCIN, LUC, Mr. One Teas, Obey, Peros, PX$H6XD, Shepard Fairey, Smells, Specter, Tank Petrol, and Tom Fruin.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening :
Sea Walls – Murals For Oceans. Isla Mujers, Mexic
HERR BÜTTNER for Whale Rights in Penang, Malaysia
“90 Percent” from Save Our Seas Foundation
BSA Special Feature: Sea Walls – Murals For Oceans
Isla Mujers in Mexico provides a gorgeous venue for these street artists to come and paint. If you didn’t get to go on vacation this year, now is your chance, if only vicariously, to be on spraycation with this talented crew.
“Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a ground-breaking street art project created by PangeaSeed to bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe. By collaborating with internationally renowned artists, we create large-scale murals that focus attention on pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing.”
Street Artist HERR BÜTTNER in Penang, Malaysia
It doesn’t get more D.I.Y. than this home made video showing the process of making and wheat-pasting various oceanic life onto the streets in Penang. Roberto Blanco HERR BUETTNER, who calls himself an “offshore warrior for fish and whale rights all over the world.”
As a side note, the drawings upon which he makes his sea creatures are notices of death from a Chinese newspaper, drawing a direct connection to the death of sealife.
“90 Percent” from Save Our Seas Foundation
Life began in the ocean. Now 90 percent of the big fish, including sharks and rays, are gone. Find out more about the threats facing our oceans and what you can do to help at saveourseas.com