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Street Art, Labor Day & Child Labor

Street Art, Labor Day & Child Labor

Labor Day in the US and around the world draws our attention to the rights of workers. A compounding topic is the fact that 265 million children are working around the world, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Because of our collective neglect as human society, children are being forced to work to provide for their families in countries all over the world. In many poor countries, children must work to provide for their families otherwise their families will go hungry.

Finnish street artist and political activist Sampsa puts a child at the center of a corporate labor machine – from 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Why do children have to work? Shouldn’t they be free to enjoy their childhood, be fed and clothed, go to school? This is a problem that needs to be condemned as much as it needs to be understood. Simply advocating for universal children’s rights to education, housing, and health care isn’t enough. For as long as greed and unchecked capitalism run amok, families are pushed into poverty – and some children are forced into labor, exploited, and abused under a constant threat of violence.

What Congress can do to end child labor in the US

Netherlands Takes Big Step Toward Tackling Child Labor

“There Is Enormous Suffering: ”Serious Abuses Against Talibé Children in Senegal, 2017-2018

Submission by Human Rights Watch to the Committee on the Rights of the Child Concerning Cambodia

More US Child Workers Die in Agriculture Than in Any Other Industry

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The 2014 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

The 2014 BSA Year in Images (VIDEO)

Here it is! Our 2014 wrap up featuring favorite images of the year by Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo.

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Before our video roundup below here is the Street Art photographer’s favorite of the year: Ask Jaime Rojo, our illustrious editor of photography at BrooklynStreetArt.com , who takes thousands of photographs each year, to respond to a simple question: What was your favorite photo of the year?

For 2014 he has swift response: “The Kara Walker.” Not the art, but the artist posed before her art.

It was an impromptu portrait that he took with his iPhone when the artist unveiled her enormous sculpture at a small gathering of neighborhood locals and former workers of the Domino Sugar Factory, informal enough that Rojo didn’t even have his professional camera with him. Aside from aesthetics for him it was the fact that the artist herself was so approachable and agreed to pose for him briefly, even allowing him to direct her just a bit to get the shot, that made an imprint on his mind and heart.

Of course the sculpture is gone and so is the building that was housing it for that matter – the large-scale public project presented by Creative Time was occupying this space as the last act before its destruction. The artist herself has probably moved on to her next kick-ass project after thousands of people stood in long lines along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn to see her astounding indictment-tribute-bereavement-celebration in a hulking warehouse through May and June.

But the photo remains.

And Rojo feels very lucky to have been able to seize that quintessential New York moment: the artist in silhouette before her own image, her own work, her own outward expression of an inner world. 

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Jaime’s personal favorite of 2014; The site specific Kara Walker in front of her site specific installation at the Domino Sugar Factory in May of this year in Brooklyn. Artist Kara Walker. (photo via iPhone © Jaime Rojo)

Now, for the Video

And our holiday gift to you for five years running, here is the brand new video of favorite images of graffiti and Street Art by Brooklyn Street Art’s editor of photography, Jaime Rojo.

Of a few thousand these 129 shots fly smoothly by as a visual survey; a cross section of graffiti, street art, and the resurgence of mural art that continues to take hold. As usual, all manner of art-making is on display as you wander your city’s streets. Also as usual, we prefer the autonomous free-range unsolicited, unsanctioned type of Street Art because that’s what got us hooked as artists, and ultimately, it is the only truly uncensored stuff that has a free spirit and can hold a mirror up to us. But you have to hand it to the muralists – whether “permissioned” or outright commissioned, some people are challenging themselves creatively and still taking risks.

Once again these artists gave us impetus to continue doing what we are doing and above all made us love this city even more and the art and the artists who produce it. We hope you dig it too.

 

Brooklyn Street Art 2014 Images of the Year by Jaime Rojo includes the following artists;

2Face, Aakash Nihalani, Adam Fujita, Adnate, Amanda Marie, Andreco, Anthony Lister, Arnaud Montagard, Art is Trash, Ben Eine, Bikismo, Blek Le Rat, Bly, Cake, Caratoes, Case Maclaim, Chris Stain, Cleon Peterson, Clet, Clint Mario, Col Wallnuts, Conor Harrington, Cost, Crummy Gummy, Dain, Dal East, Damien Mitchell, Damon, Dan Witz, Dasic, Don’t Fret, Dot Dot Dot, Eelco Virus, EKG, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Etam Cru, Ewok, Faring Purth, Gilf!, Hama Woods, Hellbent, Hiss, Hitnes, HOTTEA, Icy & Sot, Jana & JS, Jason Coatney, Jef Aerosol, Jilly Ballistic, Joe Iurato, JR, Judith Supine, Kaff Eine, Kashink, Krakenkhan, Kuma, Li Hill, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Mais Menos, Mark Samsonovich, Martha Cooper, Maya Hayuk, Miss Me, Mover, Mr. Prvrt, Mr. Toll, Myth, Nenao, Nick Walker, Olek, Paper Skaters, Patty Smith, Pixel Pancho, Poster Boy, Pyramid Oracle, QRST, Rubin 415, Sampsa, Sean 9 Lugo, Sebs, Sego, Seher One, Sexer, Skewville, SmitheOne, Sober, Sonni, Specter, SpY, Square, Stay Fly, Stik, Stikki Peaches, Stikman, Swil, Swoon, Texas, Tilt, Tracy168, Trashbird, Vexta, Vinz, Willow, Wolfe Works, Wolftits, X-O, Zed1.

Read more about Kara Walker in our posting “Kara Walker And Her Sugar Sphinx At The Old Domino Factory”.

 

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post

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Images Of The Week: 04.06.14

Images Of The Week: 04.06.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bob J, Bradley Theodore, Damon, EC13, Jerk Face, KK, L’amour Supreme, Martin Parker, Nick Walker, Rockit, Sampsa, Shok 1, Swoon, Tava, and Tripel.

Top Image >> Nick Walker. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shok-1 for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bradley Theodore (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TAVA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tripel (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Parker in Paris for his “Banksters Project” (photo courtesy © Martin Parker)

As part of his ongoing “Urban Hacking” project about “Banksters”, Martin Parker sends these images where someone climbs a ladder to rearrange the letters on a facade. Read more about his “Banksters Project” on his blog.

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Martin Parker in Paris for his “Banksters Project” (photo courtesy © Martin Parker)

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Martin Parker in Paris for his “Banksters Project” (photo courtesy © Martin Parker)

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Rock it yo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sampsa was in New York and managed to get this complicated piece up regarding current events in Egypt (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“Bob J” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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EC13 in Malaga, Spain (photo © EC13)

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Jerk Face for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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L’amour Supreme for Woodward Project Space. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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L’amour Supreme for Woodward Project Space. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. East River. Brooklyn, NYC. April 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Artist COMBO Wants You To Smoke…POT

French Street Artist and media-savvy prankster COMBO is back with a new street art and social media campaign to affect what he calls “a bourgeoise hypocrisy that reminds us of alcohol prohibition”.

Enter Kermit the Frog smoking a J.

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Someone who looks an awful lot like Kermit the Frog is shown here promoting smoking. COMBO (photo © COMBO)

The new images on the street are meant to “support legislative change on medical marijuana” says the artist, and he invited a number of Street Artists to lend their skills to the project, which so far has focused primarily on Los Angeles but probably won’t stop there.

Here’s Robotbama by Finnish Street Artist Sampsa telling passersby that marijuana legalization could yield taxpayers $1.2 billion, there are the four previous US presidents touting pot use by Egyptian Street Artist Ganzeer, and you won’t miss the billboard of Jack Nicholson blowing an ‘O’ in a cloud of some serious smoke.

Pummeling that fine line between advertising and Street Art that has existed since troupes like the Billboard Liberation Front began taking over commercial space in the 70s and that artists like Ron English continued with his slick satire of major brands decades later, the new gen COMBO now marries it to the hashtag, D.I.Y., and the selfie. Like the JR campaign with a twist, you are encouraged to take a cellphone pic of yourself with a joint and send it to him he can wheat-paste it up on the street.

Given the current trend toward acceptance of weed that is happening legislatively and in popular culture, this campaign will most likely light up.

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French Artist Le Valet. (photo © COMBO)

 

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Finnish Artist Sampsa. Detail. (photo © COMBO)

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

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Egyptian Artist Ganzeer. (photo © COMBO)

 

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COMBO (photo © COMBO)

 

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