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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.13.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.13.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

The media is beating the war drums again. Where are we being led this time? Truckers protesting vaccine and mask mandates at the border with US|Canada are being painted as kooks, but most are vaccinated – they just don’t want the governmental overreach. Truckers are forming a ‘freedom convoy’ in Paris. Kooks again? New Zealand and Australia too? Oh heck let’s just watch the Superbowl. It will be fun to watch the fans reaction to a half-time show of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

You could watch the Olympics on you screen – and who doesn’t love those amazing athletes? So inspirational. Problem is there are so many reports across the media that Beijing is quashing dissent (NYT, Human Rights Watch, The Guardian) so its hard to separate the place from the event. The banner for this week’s collection is a sticker we saw in Berlin in October – and it’s small but shocking.

Meanwhile here in the city we’re dropping indoor masking in a number of places, and Covid cases are dropping like Kamala’s presidential expectations. So people don’t have to wear masks, but deer do? Our new Vegan mayor is giving school children Vegan Fridays for lunch and taking the bus to work – at least in his new commercials. Think Bloomberg did the same with the subway when he began too. Also, guess he called white people “crackers” way back in 2019.

No wonder our street art is frequently conflicted – full of beauty, rage, disgust, confusion, fear, flaunting, hope, and poetry. It’s a mirror to us collectively, individually.

And here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week in Berlin, New York and Miami, featuring Tona, Batmanxi, Lahoedealer, Artist Diaz, Anne Baerun, Tinkers Trumpf, FCK WRS, C.M.B., Kiez Miez030, Huckleberry Fuckup, and Roberto Rivadaneira.

The Red Chair. Unidentified Artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Batmanxi. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#LAHOPEDEALER. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Artist Diaz. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Anne Baerun. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
An unidentified artist in New York. According to the CDC, suicide rates declined in the USA during the COVID Pandemic, while the suicide deaths for young adults males and People of Color saw an increase. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Santa Cruz. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tinkers Trumpf. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tona and Batgirl. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
FCK WRS. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
C.M.B. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kiez Miez030. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Huckberry FuckUp. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Roberto Rivadaneira. Urban Nation Museum Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Taking concrete steps in Brooklyn, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Derek Dipietro Re-Imagines C215

College student Derek Dipietro fell for some stencils by French Street Artist C215 on his recent trip to Amsterdam. The stenciled images are most likely of people who live in the area, as C215 likes to photograph neighborhoods’ residents, frequently the marginalized among them.  The artist considers his stencils to be a gift to the community, and a way for a locality to retain its individual character. Dipietro was so impressed by what he found that he began to play with and alter his photos using image software called Aperture, and in the process began to create new interpretations.

brooklyn-street-art-c215-derek-Dipietro-amsterdam-3-webDerek’s orginal photo of some stencils by Street Artist C215. Below are two re-interpretations of the boy stencil he made using Aperture. (photo © Derek Dipietro)

From working with C215 to create his most recent monograph, we know that the artist encourages photographers to interpret his work in any way they wish, so he no doubt would be pleased to see this youth from North Carolina State University learning how to tweak photos of his work.  Since we like to celebrate the creative spirit, we’re excited anytime somebody wants to share his or her creations too.


C215 (photo © Derek Dipietro)

It’s also part of technological and cultural literacy for us all to understand the new tools that are employed to alter imagery throughout the world today, and to appreciate and respect the power that we all wield with creative mouse clicking. Similarly, we have to consider our responsibility to attribute authorship and how to protect it, and when. In the wrong hands, an artist’s work can be abused or appropriated for profit, which is where the grey areas get defined.

Keep up your studies Derek and thanks for sharing your work and your interpretations of the work of C215.


C215 (photo © Derek Dipietro)


Dipietro’s original photo above and his re-interpretation of the image below.  (photo © Derek Dipietro)


C215 (photo © Derek Dipietro)


Derek also sent this photo of a house he took in Santa Cruz, CA. By using the same process he used for the C215 images, the house is quickly transformed. © Derek Dipietro

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