Poster above by Michael Thompson (poster from 2010, but still valid!)
There is no surgical war when innocent men, women and children, entire families are killed. War is simple hell. Let’s demand an end to the killing of the innocent in Gaza! There is no place for silence or to cover our eyes … The reality is that there is no long or short term solution in this cycle of violence from either side of the conflict. Let our conscience speak to our hearts that this must stop and now. SPEAK OUT! (by Michael Thompson aka FREESTYLEE, Artist Without Borders)
Doctor Mads Gilbert reports from Gaza: The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS! (source: mondoweiss.net)
Artists all over the world, speak out their opposition to the Gaza homicide with their own unique way. ART! Spreading awareness and provoking people to stand up and SPEAK OUT their opposition! Here are few samples I picked up from social networks.
Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi’s poster with several other on Gaza issue was part of an outdoor exhibition in Turkey, on the 26th of July.
Hand in Hand WORLD
Hand in Hand WORLD is a design community which operates under the umbrella of Green+You founded by Byoung Choi. Green+You encourages participation of all citizens of our global village family, those living beyond our own national boundaries, racial diversity, religious beliefs, ideological differences, and unique physical and mental challenges.
PEACE and SHARING.
Thumbs up if you feel Youth, poor, clumpy, …
We love listening to lies, when we know the truth
We are here to learn and to share
Less bling more thought
Less talk more communication
Less hype more responsibility
Less trends more originality
Less conformity more expression
Less greed more humility
Less doubt more faith
Less jealousy more respect
Less me more us
Submit your posters @ Facebook Groups Page “Hand in Hand WORLD”/
Draw for Gaza
Faraaz Hussain is a London based illustrator who focuses on creating politically minded artwork to speak out against issues of corruption and injustice. For the past 3/4 years he have produced political art with the intention of commenting and reflecting on the world around us, in an attempt to generate some form of thought or opinion in the viewer. The Draw for Gaza project, focuses on the application of art to benefit and empower a legitimate cause.
This project stared as an outlet to unite artists from all backgrounds to speak out against the ongoing crisis in Palestine, using Draw for Gaza as a platform for promotion. The aim was to raise awareness about the conflict between Palestine and Israel and to encourage artists to act within a politically conscious manner of thinking.
However, another aspect of the project was born when a conversation about the Palestinian conflict ended with the remark “But really there is nothing we can do”. This project is an ode to the people who would say “that’s not good enough’ and the people of Palestine who are currently looking to the rest of the world for support.
For the next 3 weeks Faraaz Hussain plans on releasing a new piece of artwork on a daily basis to raise awareness and money for people in Palestine, whilst promoting the works of likeminded artists who are currently speaking out on the conflict. The point of this project is to show people as well as himself that you can use your own skills and local facilities to further help the needs of others.
The money raised from this project will go towards The Freedom Theatre; a creative artistic community working with the children and women of Palestine, who look at the arts as an important tool for social change. The Freedom Theatre is a non profit organisation who provide their activities for free in Jenin Refugee Camp, one of the poorest areas in Palestine.
More information on the theatre and their goals can be found here http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/
I feel like the ultimate aim, beyond this project, is a call for a new movement in the art world; one that is politically, culturally and socially aware of itself, that isn’t confined to a gallery space but instead intends to speak out from the roof tops directly to the masses. A movement where artists don’t just reflect on the world around them but help to inspire and re-imagine a world where peace, justice and liberty all act in harmony with one another. ~ Faraaz Hussain