The stylized cows and bulls the artist Selim Mawad uses in his posters and street art can be seen in a number of places around Beirut, especially in central parts of the city where the protests of late 2019/early 2020 occurred. This is one of them.
below: The series consists of nine panels of black and white illustrations with text in both Arabic and English.
Enlargements of each panel
below: 1. We clean our public space and we clean our government.
2. Our bodies are waterproof. Your conscious is humanity-proof.
below: Not enough to destitute them… We should hold them accountable.
below: 1. Revolution is Freedom… Let him pass… and go one with your revolution.
2. Shield your breath from pollution but not your face from Freedom…
below: 1. Let us not say our last Chance… No! It is a first step towards Social Solution… and we are in charge…
2. Raise the awareness of our inner angry Bull to sustain our Revolt! Discuss the constitution and amend it if we do not like it!
below: From legitimate demands to structural change.. From legitimate revolt.. to social revolution…
below: The remains of a big nosed character by K2M with a red heart along with a black and white version of Edvard Munch’s “Scream” but with a man in a white shirt and black tie instead. Modern man’s turn to scream.
below: Similar to above but in better condition. K2M’s iconic character now has a pink heart and a version of “American Gothic” by Grant Wood has appeared beside the screaming man. Again, the man is dressed in a white shirt and black tie. Almost lost at the bottom are two stickers from Flat Heart.
While walking in Wedding, a part of Berlin, last summer I came across three tall images by Edward von Longus, an Estonian street artist. In fact, it’s his little hedgehog on a laptop graffiti that is sometimes at the top of this blog.
These are what I saw:
below: These figures are part of (R)estart Reality an app that facilitates combining street art and digital technology. Apparently there were 100 ‘people’ in many European capitals with a story to tell to those who have the app. The program began in June 2017 and I am not sure if it is still running.
It was in celebration of Estonia’s 100th birthday.
In September 2013, part of the mile long mural on the West 16th Street railway wall was painted by en masse, a Montreal based collaborative. Like most of their work, it is painted in black and white. It is too big for one photo so I hope that this small collection of images give you a sense of what the whole looks like.