Thursday, 31 March 2016

Artist eL Seed: "If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes."

This stunning mural in Cairo, Egypt celebrates its residents who sort and recycle the city's waste with the message, "If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes."
Posted by Global Citizen on Friday, 1 April 2016

Artist Tunisian-French artist eL Seed created a giant mural across 50 buildings in Cairo without the government noticing! eL Seed says he didn't contact the Egyptian government before starting the project in order to protect the community where he'd be working.

More HERE.

Artist Morehshin Allahyari: Collaborative art in countries of conflict

Art activist Morehshin Allahyari teams artists from the US and Iran in a creative exchange designed to build bridges between the countries. She urges us to take action and think about how we can use our own talents to extend what collaboration can look like.
See complete bio and all TEDxDU Talks at

Artist Morehshin Allahyari is using 3D printers to save artifacts destroyed by ISIS

3D printing is saving art from ISIS
One artist is using 3D printers to save artifacts destroyed by ISIS
Posted by NowThis on Thursday, 31 March 2016

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A German orchestra performs music with Jordanian students and young Syrian refugees

German Orchestra Performs with Refugees
An orchestra performs music with Jordanian students and young Syrian refugees — and it's pretty adorable.
Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Trump Art in Hong Kong

Trump Art in Hong Kong

Artist James Ostrer compiled animal parts into an artistic rendering of Trump at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Posted by AJ+ on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Art as Resistance in War

Jafar Meray wants images to bring hope (Homs, Syria - 2016)

Artist wants images to bring healing and hope to #Syria.

Syrian photographer Jafar Meray captured the photos “to show that life is stronger than death”, that 'Love is stronger than war'. Moving pictures show Syrian bride marrying soldier posing in the ravaged city of Homs - as Russia reveals it has hit at least 400 targets in the country in just two days... 

Drone footage over Homs
After years of war, parts of Homs, Syria, are crumbling and deserted. New drone footage shows the extent of the devastation.
Posted by Channel 4 News on Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Pianist plays John Lennon's Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall after Terror attacks (ParisFrance - 2015)

Pianist plays John Lennon's Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall, the day after more than 127 people were slaughtered during the Paris terror attacks. An unnamed man plays John Lennon's Imagine on a grand piano outside the Bataclan in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.
Posted by The Guardian on Saturday, 14 November 2015. The pianist attracted huge media attention as he performed a jazzy version of the late Beatle's classic ballad.

Ayham al-Ahmad, the pianist of Yarmouk (Damascus, Syria - 2015)

Amid the ruins of the destroyed Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, pianist Ayham al-Ahmad provided a rare glimmer of hope amid the devastation. Videos of him defiantly playing piano in the ruined streets of Yarmouk, accompanied by children and other residents of the camp, were widely shared online as a symbol of the camp's spirit of resistance. More HERE.

Karim Wasfi, the cellist of Baghdad (Iraq - 2015)

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, had decided to play amid the wreckage to drive home a message.

Iraqis needed to experience beauty, not just endure one bomb after another.
“It’s about reaching out to people exactly where someone had experienced something so grotesque and ugly earlier,” Wasfi said in an interview. “The spot where people lost their lives, the spot where people were still trying to stay alive, trying to function.” More HERE.


Vedran Smailovic, the cellist of Sarajevo (w. Joan Baez, 1992) 

On May 27, 1992 news spread throughout central Sarajevo that a bakery had received a shipment of flour. Hundreds of people assembled in the market square waiting hours in line for bread.
Suddenly, shells lobbed from surrounding hills struck the square, leaving a large crater. Among the ruble were 22 dead men, women and children and more than 100 wounded.
Nearby, a man named Vedran Smailovic saw the destruction and ran to the square to help his fallen neighbors. Later he returned home.
Unable to sleep, Vedran struggled with the senseless massacre of so many innocent people. He knew he had to do something, but what?
Dressed in a formal evening jacket, Vedran returned to the square the next day and set a simple chair among the rubble. Although many people had returned to the square to wait in line for bread among the rubble of the previous days massacre, a quiet fell as Vedran played Adagio in G minor, a song known as a musical cry for peace. More HERE.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

An activist rapper in Kodaikanal took on corporate giant Unilever and won big!

"Unilever clean up your mess." Viral rap video slams giant company for failed clean up.

An Indian rapper has gone viral with a music video calling on consumer products giant Unilever to clean up alleged toxic waste from a forested southern hill station.

Sofia Ashraf's video, posted online by a nongovernmental organization called Jhatkaa, or "shock" in Hindi, has had more than a million views on YouTube, drawing attention to accusations against a thermometer factory in the town of Kodaikanal that closed down 14 years ago.

Hindustan Unilever, the Indian subsidiary of the consumer goods company, has denied wrongdoing. It disputes claims of former workers who say their health has been damaged by exposure to mercury. (More: REUTERS).

Friday, 11 March 2016

BP to end Tate sponsorship after 26 years

BP is to end its 26-year sponsorship of the Tate next year.
The oil firm blamed the “extremely challenging business environment” rather than years of protest against the sponsorship, the Independent reported.
Last summer protesters spent 25 hours scrawling climate change messages in charcoal on the floor of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. In November activists occupied part of Tate Britain, where they started to tattoo each other with the numbers of the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere in the year they were born.
The art collective Liberate Tate, which staged the protests, said thousands of people had called on Tate to end its contract with BP on ethical grounds.
More HERE.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Pink Floyd and Middle East conflict: Wish you were here... or Another brick in the wall....

Jewish men singing Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (COVER)
Posted by I Love Rock and Metal on Wednesday, 24 February 2016