This image is a small stencil from one of the most complex walls of street art in Darlinghurst, Sydney, This is an area with high rate of change and gentrification, high levels of homelessness and social problems like unemployment, alongside a lot of exclusive shops and expensive real estate (thus wealthy residents).
This paradox of the Inner City- common to many large Western Cities – and the social/personal conflicts inherent within, is expressed often only by its most politicized and disenfranchised citizens – those who paint the walls.
Even in small towns , signs like this appear from time to time.. “Go back to sleep, your government is in control. ”
Showcasing the inventiveness of street art: these milk crates have been arranged to form the word ‘Stolen’. This is the Aboriginal Art Gallery in inner city Wilson Street, Darlington in Sydney. This building across the road from where I lived for 3 years housed the largest historical collection of Aboriginal artworks in Australia. In 2009 the NSW government reclaimed this land and is set to demolish (may have already done so). The collection will be dispersed from what I have heard.
Therefore, this land was stolen from the original inhabitants of this land not once but TWICE>
Street art is one truly effective way that the voiceless have their voices heard.
And to finish one of the best art walls in the whole of Australia – in Redfern, inner city. The painting sits astride a vacant lot and adjacent to one of the most infamous derelict streets in the city, although it is quickly being gentrified. Additionally, ‘the Block’ as it is known in some parts of Australia is under constant 24/7 surveillance from a nearby police station 7 stories high less than 50 metres away. Despite some social problems and intolerance and discrimination toward the local Aboriginal population from the police and some of the newly gentrified inhabitants, there is a wonderful community there.
This famous Aboriginal Flag spans four terraces across and two stories high, and is very impressive to view.
Characterized by its opening demand – “The People Shall Govern!” , the original Freedom Charter was a statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance, created in 1955. The Charter was created from words collected by fifty thousand volunteers, who went out into townships and the countryside to collect ‘freedom demands’ from the people. Ratified by The People, and designed to give all South Africans equal rights, the Freedom Charter was denounced and buried when the ANC was banned. The original Freedom Charter couldn’t be killed by apartheid however, and it has re-emerged within the revolutionary underground of South Africa in various guises since that time. This video showcases the work of talented female South African street artist Faith47, and includes some of the original demands 0f the Charter such as “Land to be given to all landless people”, “Living wages and shorter hours of work”, “Free and compulsory education, irrespective of colour, race or nationality”.
Beautiful, powerful stuff this street art.
Check out the video here: http://vimeo.com/12910179