2014 through Political Art
The best art about some of 2014’s most important issues and events – we’re jumping onto the cheesy look-back-at-2014-bandwagon, but we’ll do it our way.
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On the screens of drone operators, people look like tiny dots and killing them looks like smashing a bug. That, along with the obvious disregard for human dignity, is the reason military jargon refers to humans killed by drones as „bug splats“.
In a heavily bombed region of Pakistan, a group of artists and villagers unveiled a huge picture of a child orphaned by drone strikes. Their hope is to finally make the drone operators face their victims. Read the full article here.
The Football World Cup in Brazil was surrounded by controversy and mass protests. In a country with millions of people starving in poverty, the over 8 billion euros (11 billion dollars) spent on preparations for the World Cup could have been better spent on education, healthcare, transportation and welfare. And when over one million Brazilians took to the streets to protest against all of that, they were met by a shameful level of police brutality.
Thankfully, resistance always finds a way to get noticed, in this case through street art. Here’s the full article about street art against the FIFA World Cup.
Exactly 100 years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia in Sarajevo, we looked back at what happened at “the street corner that started the 20th century” in the years that followed and remembered World War I through photography. Read the full article here.
According to the UN, the latest War in Gaza killed 2192 Palestinians, including 519 children. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Jewish Voice for Peace has a quick, basic overview of the history behind the conflict, if you’re interested. For almost 70 years, Palestinians have lived in an illegal military occupation under constant fear of death, torture, home demolitions, imprisonment without trial or charges, and under constant violence and harassment by illegal settlers and the Israeli army.
From Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters to Palestinian musicians – here are some great songs for Palestinian rights.
Even through clouds of tear gas and the smoke of burning parliament buildings, protesters worldwide still had a clear vision of their goals. 2014 saw the birth of many protest movements and a continuation of others. To honor worldwide protest movements, we made a list of their soundtracks. From Chile over Bosnia to China – Bring it on!
The injustice of Eric Garner’s death is as clear as his family’s tears – yet the cops responsible for it are free. Even in the controversial case of Michael Brown, the riots surrounding his death show how deep the fear of deadly racism is. Since Creartivism is dedicated to political art, we wrote about songs about victims of police shootings.
If you care, we collected some of the best street art against racism, too.
Does society teach children to ignore suffering? Why is slashing the throat of a cat considered cruel, but doing the same to a cow is business as usual? For World Vegan Day, we took a moment to think – through the fascinating animal rights art of Roland Straller.
Digging tunnels underneath graveyards, swimming through a freezing river and secretly making a hot air balloon out of old bed sheets to fly over the death-strip – the desire for freedom led many East Germans to be creative. 25 years after its fall, the Berlin Wall led to creativity again – but this time with a giant art installation. Read the full article here.
Let’s hope and work for a better new year and maybe, instead of so much sadness, we’ll have some great art about great news in 2015.