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This art work can be found on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it is titled "Disney War". After Bush let US Army invade Afganistan in 2001. The Stencil Street Artists of Buenos Aires began to stamp on the walls of the city this image that went around the world. Analyzing it in a denotative way we see the face of the ex US President George W. Bush, with Mickey Mouse's famous ears and the title "Disny War", in an ironic play on words. So here is an example of political protest against that war.
Here we can see the classic example of a political graffiti. Here we can see graffiti serving its original purpose. This s political graffiti supporting Obama. It has a very clear message, it show president Omaba’s face and then it suggest that the observer should vote for him. moreover, talking about the visual rhetoric, the artist is using the same color that Obama used in his political campaign. The effectiveness of the artist’s intention is reinforced by the angle of the artwork which is a low angle. The use of low angle infers unconsciously that Obama is a powerful man. he is depicted as a new “Jesus Crist” who will liberate us of the social problems that we are facing them. This interpretation is reinforced by the stripes that surrounds the flower which remind us like the Star who announced the birth of Jesus Christ. Finally, regarding the visual vectors we see that Obama’s gaze is towards outside the framework which emphasizes that he has big dreams that can show us if we vote for him. . the representation is of the author’s individualistic ideals which spreads to the public.
Between 1975 and 1983, tens of thousands of people went missing in Argentina’s “Dirty War.” The exact number of the tortured and murdered in state-sponsored detentions is impossible to determine due to the discreetness of the disappearances and disposal of the bodies. Free speech was nonexistent; the members of the media and press who spoke out frequently became part of the missing. It was in this environment of fear that street art became a public voice, and in the decades that followed it has continued to be part of an activist culture of art, especially in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires By painting this art piece, the artist Nazza is clearly showing his political thoughts. He is against the Dirty War which Therefore, he is using this piece of art as political report. The woman is showing us a picture of his missing son and on her T-shirt is written: Juicio y Castigo which means Justice and Punishment. This refers to her desire and the desire of all the mothers who has lost their children to find the responsibles of those who did such atrocity and put an end to their pain. The visual rhetoric is reinforced by the straightforward gaze of the woman who is looking directly to us in order to show us her indignation towards the sittuacion. And the the red color of the circle attracts our attention and that is the main message: the artist want us to read the text and emphasize with those women who are still suffering.
This graffiti clearly depicts a certain degree of paranoia. This art work is created by Obey and it can be found on the streets of Los Angeles, USA. Obey reinforces the idea that the government is in fact keeping track of us. Therefore,hHe is trying to warn us on how we should be careful with our actions because “big brother” is watching us.
Here is another example of social and political protest made by the street artist Pantónio. This art work can be found on the streets of Lisboa. As we can see, this image is a canon with a pencil substituting the barrel. This image depicts an anti-war motif with not only the substitution of the barrel but with the subtle color choices of the flowers and the background giving a peaceful feel.
Here is a great example of social protest. The art work is made by the street artist Bob Simmons and it can be found on the walls of Texas. By using the word "WASTER" the artist brings attention to the issue of neglect that many historic homes are facing. To make it effective and catch the passerbies attention the artista has chosen blue and white colours in order to contrast with the sandy color of the Castle. However, it is the white outline of the work that ensures the visibility of the artist's art work.
Here is another example of social street art. The mural is created by the street artist Eine and it can be found on the streets of UK. This piece of art shows the word “Change” on a rainbow background. This ties into my theme because the artist tries to persuade us to change our poing of view regarding homosexuality. The manner in which the artwork was created with large and crisp lettering leaves little room for misinterpretation.
This art work is a great example of social and political street art. It is called CORANCAN and it can be found on the streets of Paris, France. The artist Nick Walker painted this art work in response to Sarkozy's political pressures to ban the muslim veil, a.k.a. the burka. The artwork shows women dancers masked with veils, swinging their legs in the French cancan fashion and displaying their underwear made of the French national flag colours. Of course, it was removed almost immediately by the French authorities.
Mona Lisa is viewed as the most beautiful woman. She is symbolic in feminine beauty. This image portrays modern view on the sexualization of the female body, in the media industry and how it influences young girls to dress provocatively like their ïdols do (Miley Cyrus).
Tour Paris 13, 6eme etage, Appartement N 964 depicts an isolated child sitting in the corner of the room. The artist uses the natural walls of the room. They way that the child is painted in the intersection of the walls gives impression of three dimensionality -depth to the work- as well as a general balance in the composition of the art work. The child is painted in three colors (red, white and blue) and symbolizes the country (in this case France) as a sad isolated child. The translation of the inscription on the wall is "idiot of the family." Therefore, we can infer that the artist emphasizes nowadays society common problem among childs: the solitude and isolation of nowadays children.
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