Together with the German Street art collective Mentalgassi and the advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, Amnesty International initiated a series of street art actions in several European cities as part of their ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ campaign. Posters of six individuals who became victims of human rights abuse were cut in thin stripes and taped to the sides of fence railings or bridges. The faces only become visible from a certain angle, if you look at them from the front on view the faces cannot be detected.
This very creative, yet political way of portraying individuals like Fatima Hussein Badi, Jabbar Savalan and Natalya Estemirova raised a lot of awareness and hopefully helps to support the ones who were persecuted, murdered or are convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. Next to the posters are plaques with the Amnesty International website that call upon people who pass by to go to their website and take action.
Take a look at the impressive video of the campaign
Recently, a few new, consume-critical works by the famous street-artist Banksy popped up in the streets. With a mix of smooth irony and dark sarcasm, he’s irritating the consumer masses and those who are persuading them.. “Sorry, the lifestyle that you ordered is currently out of stock”.
Meanwhile, Banksy has become one of the most popular contemporary artists, his works are sold for hundred thousands of euros and his stencil icons used or copied in advertising, fashion and trend forecast blogs.
We’re living in a time where critical consumerism is an integral part of an urban intellectual creative socially-aware hipster lifestyle in which we like a consumer-bashing Banksy artwork on facebook and next day go shopping some cool new must-have-trousers. Where we support #occupywallstreet with our tweets and meanwhile keep our money flowing at the same old banks.
Maybe Banksy actually means the global mind of crisis is pushing some of the most posh swimming-pool-on-my-rooftop lifestyles to be out, out, out…
Or maybe just provoked: “even my well-receipted radical punk-ass got sold on auctions, but as long as walls eat my graffiti people buy my art and I keep getting more famous.” It’s nothing more then the best pop-art artists like Andy Warhol have created us: a post-consumer consumer-culture built on it’s own ironic icons. That’s in line with the Kate Moss portrait by Banksy in Warhol-style. And it might just be in your digital shopping wagon tomorrow!