Take it to the Streets

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Social justice motivated art is not about telling you what to think or feel. It aims to be seen, then heard, then in hope, create change.  In the most public display of social dialogue, Street Art speaks out loud and clear.

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The Mexican city of Pachuca decided to use art in an attempt to reduce acts of violence and environmental decay.  “Artistic activities have long been used by professionals as a powerful tool in developing the individuals’ social functioning and increasing their life quality.” http://www.ijssh.org/vol6/679-CH402.pdf 
A youth organisation called Germen Crew engaged young locals in “filling with colour” the whole neighbourhood.  http://thebutterflyhunter.net/8-reasons-to-love-street-art/  Here is the result!


Berlin wall has a long history of street art. It began as an act of rebellion to the dictatorship and to call for a free and united nation. “All the differences between the countries made it a perfect place for people to express their opinions, especially on their preferences and dislikes.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Wall_graffiti_art

Berlin wall. Royalty Free Stock Photos
Bruderkiss by Dmitrji Vrubel “God! help me stay alive” “Among this mortal love”











Bansky street art is some of the world’s most well-known.  His street art and public sculptural installments centre on issues of inequality for children, western culture discourse, power dynamics and consumerism.  Check out his website: http://banksy.co.uk/out.asp

The tenets of injustice described in HAS 200 week 1 reading (Dorling and Daniel, 2010), address the five belief structures in which injustice exists.  Follow onto Bansky’s street art images below to find out my interpretation of his works in relation to two of these tenets.  These images are captioned with the suggested tenet title.

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Do the following Banksy images evoke any response in you?

Post me your thoughts/comments…

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  1. gs656

    Hi Fiona I love your blog on ‘Take It to The Streets’ (March 24 2016).
    When I look at the picture of the brightly painted Mexican city of Pachuca with the photo of young people beneath, who in the struggle over the injustices of violence and environmental decay used the practice of painting and art to re-frame the image of their city. I am reminded of Tully (2000) who says end point to struggles over social justice are unrealistic and not as important as what is gained through practise of struggle itself, such as voices and viewpoints being heard and acknowledge even if they are not agreed upon or resolved and people being connected to a part of society and feeling a sense of belonging.
    The young people in the photo look like a happy connected group and looking at their faces there is a sense of pride in what they have accomplished. Great work!

    • Fiona

      Hi gs656, your interpretation & link to Tull (2000) is really insightful. I appreciate the time you have taken in reflecting and writing your feedback. It was fascinating to experience the different emotions and judgments that rose up when comparing the ‘before and after’ photo’s (which you can view if you follow the facebook link). The ‘before’ photo caused a sadness as I looked at the decay and read the stories of the communities entrenched in conflict with one another. The image of the young people and the broader community prior to the project commencement was one of disconnection and anger. There was a real sense of ‘us’ & ‘them’. The ‘after’photo as you note reflects the connectedness, joy and pride. This project has created unity among the people. The color and life injected into Pachuca makes it a place you would want to travel, study and be a part of. Art is an incredible powerful practice of ‘social justice in a world of inequality’!

      Are you able to identify yourself? Your comment only shows gs656.

      Kind regards, Fiona VN

  2. Stacey Davidson

    Hi Fiona,
    There is power in pictures and you have shown that with your blog. It is wonderful to be able to change the world with images that capture thoughts and ideas so powerfully. I would love to be able to evoke such a high level of passion and emotion, getting people talking about real issues that need not to be translated, like the written word would, as it is, all visually represented. This is a fantastic media I have never thought about, thank you for bringing it to my attention. Stace

    • Fiona

      Thanks Stace! I agree, it would be a talent we would all benefit from having, being able to paint pictures of our discourse. I do wonder how others – those we are trying to reach, interpret Bansky’s and others works. I mean does the message get to them? Do they even care? Does it change anything? Thanks again Stace for your insights, very helpful. Fee

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