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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.24.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.24.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Angelina Christina, Azores, City Kitty, Colettivo FX, Damon, EaseOne, Fidel Evora, F.S., Gone Postal, HDL Corporation, JR, Kraken, Love is Telepathic, Mark Samsonovich, Mesa, Never, Pixote, Rubin415, Seher, Smithe, Specter, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Wrdsmth, and X-O.

Top Image >> Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smithe, Seher and Kraken new mural for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Smithe for Savage Habbit in Union City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter for the Walk and Talk Art Festival in Azores, Portugal. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)

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Specter and Mesa in Cadiz, Spain. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)

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Fidel Evora for the Walk and Talk Art Festival in Azores, Portugal. August 2014. (photo @ Specter)

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Specter Ad-Takeover (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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WRDSMTH clearly knows his audience. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon is caught in a lip-lock. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty has the four panel street exhibit for Woodward Project Space. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HDL Corporation in Detroit. August 2014 (photo © HDL Corporation)

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh clarifying things in case you were not sure. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rubin415. Detail of both ends of his large new mural in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mark Samsonovich in Jersey City, New Jersey. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Collettivo FX. Portrait of Abidi. Reggio Emilia, Italy. August 2014. (photo © Collettivo FX)

Collettivo FX explains the portrait above:

“In our city of Reggio Emilia in Italy there is a very big factory named Officine Reggiane that is completely abandoned. It was famous in Italy for its metal work production (they made the Orient Express train, the crane used for the Costa Concordia, and then there was the longest occupation of a factory in the history of Italy here).

Now this is a major venue for graffiti and a refuge for homeless people. We began going to the factory more that two years ago and some of the people living there became our friends; in particular a man named Abidi, who we named “the boss of the Officine Reggiane”.

So a few weeks ago Abidi announced to us that he is leaving the factory to go back to Tunisia: he had found a wife! So, we thought about a gift we could give him. We are poor, very poor, we just had the paint, so one night we went in the factory (usually we go during the day) and we painted a big portrait of Abidi in the principal part of the place. It’s a gift for Abidi but also for us and for our memories of the Officine Reggiane.”

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Pixote (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gone Postal (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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F.S. We are intrigued by this bubble tag. Was the stencil work done by a different artist? Is this the original piece as first installed by the artist?  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Angelina Christina, EaseOne and Never collaboration for Savage Habbit in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. August 2014. It looks like Spiderman has found a formidable adversary. Last time he saw him battling this monster hanging from wire cables in Williamsburg.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Yote: “The Bienvenidos Campaign” Update

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Political postering has a long tradition in the public space – from slick to goofy to earnest to comic, everyone can get into the game of smacking their opinions on a wall or staking it onto a patch of grass. Street Artist Yote has jumped into the ring this year by putting his hand-painted signs amidst the forest of political missives along streets in Arizona.

In Yote’s case, it’s more of a plea for tolerance and brotherhood rather than a shill for a specific vote. Always a fanastic money maker for politicians and even religious leaders, the flames of good old fashioned racism have been fanned again this year. Here’s to the one-person campaign to dampen their enthusiasm.

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Yote spoke to BSA about the background for his personal/political campaign called “Bienvenidos”.

“A few days after Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law she signed HB2281.  2281 bans all ethnic studies programs in public High Schools in the state of Arizona. 

Last Thursday and Friday were two events for Ethnic Studies Week here in Prescott, AZ.  I donated t-shirts I silk screened saying “Eduquémonos,” meaning “Educate Ourselves.” As well as some “Bienvenidos” stickers for them to sell.  I was excited to hear that hundreds of dollars were raised for the Ethnic Studies Defense Fund from those two events.  I also donated 50 “Bienvenidos” yard signs for the defendants and students to take back to Tucson.

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As the sunset on Saturday Night a couple friends and I descended into Phoenix to add our voices to the political dialogue. Methodically we followed the light rail from North Phoenix to Mesa installing yard signs at every intersection already littered with political campaign signs.
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We continued on to Guadalupe, a small town that in part inspired this project.  My friend who runs The Garage Bike Shop there had told me a lot of people had left over the summer.  Moved on to other places where they would have more security. In the shopping center where his shop is they were down to only a few business still open.  Leaving about 20 vacancies. When I was there last fall every storefront was open.  There was so much life and abundance then, now its just quiet.  But my friend tells me the people who are here, are here to stay. They are ready to ride out whatever else is coming.
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Then we headed north to the arts district and hit a few more spots in central Phoenix before finally ending the night on McDowell in West Phoenix.  Over 100 signs were distributed throughout Phoenix. Keep an eye out for more appearing all over the rest of the state leading up to the November 2nd election.
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Arriving home just before sunrise I was exhausted but felt elated to be participating in the immigration debate.  As the election nears I hope “The Bienvenidos Campaign” can help shift the Immigration debate into a more constructive conversation.  I also hope businesses and communities embrace the image to represent the hope for safer and healthier communities.
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Here is a great trailer for a new documentary about some students experience in the Raza Studies program in Tucson, AZ. http://vimeo.com/15062646
To Support the Bienvenidos Campaign go here:
A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Ethnic Studies Defense Fund.
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Text and Images ©Yote

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