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.
Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.
Now screening: 1. Wasteminister – Greenpeace 2. Слава Україні! (Glory to Ukraine) 3. Bordalo II via Rafael Estefania
BSA Special Feature: Wasteminister – Greenpeace
Using Boris Johnson’s exact quotes, Greenpeace illustrates his folly, and ours.
What if all the plastic that the UK exports in a day were dumped on his head instead?
Directed by Jorik Dozy & Sil van der Woerd Concept & Production by Studio Birthplace Co-Produced by Park Village CG Production by Method & Madness Produced by Sean Lin
Greenpeace – Wasteminister
Слава Україні! (Glory to Ukraine) Via Spray Daily
The graffiti term “Throwup” takes on a different tinge as we watch our young people pushed into war, yet again. Not the rich ones of course. Here’s a wartime video from Ukraine, Nokier & Reys – who say in their Youtube description that they are doing some street bombing and delivering aid and bulletproof vest plates to Ukrainian graffiti writers defending their country.
Bordalo II via Rafael Estefania
“It doesn’t make sense for me to be related to some big brands that don’t really care about the environment. If they are not doing a good job, no way.” Wonder which brands that sponsor Street Art/graffiti culture events and publications meet this criterion?
Gone is the “Disgusting” sweatshirt. Here is the “Life is Beautiful” t-shirt. Why do we think he’s just kidding? Artur Bordalo, also known as Bordalo II, the artist/street artist from Lisbon has been telling us all to awaken to the wasting/polluting of the earth that we are doing. This overview introduces his work to a larger audience – although you could argue that his estimated 190 animal street sculptures made of recycled trash in 23 countries had made his argument more powerfully – and directly.