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Making the Invisible Visible | Colossal

Making the Invisible Visible | Colossal | BASIC VOWELS | Scoop.it

For a second year, street art collective Mentalgassi has partnered with Amnesty International and Wieden + Kennedy creative team Lisa Jelliffe and Kirsten Rutherford to help highlight some of the year’s most prominent human rights abuse cases playing out around the world.

 

Mentalgassi transformed large portaits of each individual into segmented strips that are applied to the slats of fences. At first the images aren’t readily visible and only come into focus suddenly from extreme angles, reinforcing the campaign’s theme, ‘making the invisible visible‘.

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JR a self-proclaimed “Urban Artivist" - “Encrages” Exhibition @ Galerie Perrotin

JR a self-proclaimed “Urban Artivist" - “Encrages” Exhibition @ Galerie Perrotin | BASIC VOWELS | Scoop.it

The Galerie Perrotin in Paris plays home to JR’s first major solo show, running through January 7, 2011. A self-proclaimed “Urban Artivist,” JR’s art is engrossed in a personal mission to unearth the humanity within the concrete urban landscape on a global scale. By flyposting his large installations in cities from Paris to Tel Aviv, the metropolitan jungles of the world both bear witness and participate directly in this ephemeral street art. The show will be a scaled-down exhibition of his omnipresent works, and transport his larger-than-life photographs of anonymous portraits from the walls of the streets onto the walls of the gallery.

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NO THANKS! The A-Z of what we could (and should) live without.

See page 74

 

A.nimal testing

Torturing animals for our luxury is cruel, sick and mostly unnecessary. An estimated 94 % of animal testing is not for medical purposes, but for cosmetics and household products. The eu banned animal tests for cosmetic ingredients in 2009. But the cosmetic industry claimed that alternative ways of testing were not ready, and the ban has been put on hold indefinitely.

 

B.ombs

War and weapons are big business. The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (usa, uk, France, China and Russia) are the world’s biggest arms producers. Paradoxically, their main aim is to “maintain peace and security” in the world.

 

C.otton

Fields make up only 2.4 % Of cultivated land. Yet they need one fifth of all chemicals used in agriculture worldwide. The cotton industry has also marginalised the cultivation of other textile plants, such as linen or hemp, whose environmental impact is comparatively small.

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Poignant Posters: Winter Collection

Poignant Posters: Winter Collection | BASIC VOWELS | Scoop.it
What a poignant reminder about how the words "Winter Collection" can take on an entirely different meaning depending on the person. New Ark Mission of India dressed up poor street kids in their everyday clothes - discarded newspapers, sacking and cardboard - and then photographed them for these moving posters.


The Mission is an organization solely dedicated to rescuing and rebuilding the lives of the destitute and dying people on the streets. It has marked a turning point for the poor people of India.

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