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‘Pissing Pug’ vs ‘Fearless Girl’: Sculpture Wars in NYC Art Culture 

‘Pissing Pug’ vs ‘Fearless Girl’: Sculpture Wars in NYC

New York (Sputnik) – Something of a sculpture garden is forming in downtown New York, as one piece of art responds to the next in what is becoming a cultural echo chamber in America’s busiest financial hub. Local artist Alex Gardega, seeking to make his mark in a competitive arena, installed his “Pissing Pug” statue within striking distance of the leg of the increasingly famous “Fearless Girl” statue, itself installed as a counter to the rampant “Charging Bull” in downtown New York City’s Wall Street financial district. Wall Street is and has always been about power. Its iconic bull statue is considered by some to symbolize the trampling of any and all contrasting Read More

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Washington DC (Ensia) – To most of us, nonnative plants like garlic mustard and honeysuckle are at best irksome invaders — and often sources of ecological and economic woe as well, as they outcompete native species and consume massive investments of time and money in the form of efforts to keep them under control. But to Patterson Clark, they are the seedbed of a unique art form. Clark, a Washington, D.C.–based multimedia artist and graphics editor, makes wood carvings, paper, ink and printing blocks from invasive weeds in his community, then recombines the elements to create a work of art Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Tuna Dunn Art Badass Women Entertainment Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Tuna Dunn

World (GREED) – Editor’s Note: Another installment of our Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About features Thai comic illustrator and graphic artist Tuna Dunn. The 24 year old from Bangkok has been building an international following for her artwork. Dunn writes her comics in English despite her audience being mostly Thai, she recently told VICE, because English better captures the dark humor and sarcasm her comics convey. Her comics about life and love are poignant and dark, yet somehow still adorable. Check out some of our favorites below, and make sure to follow her on Facebook or Tumblr for more on the Read More

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Short Video Documentary Explores Japan’s Flashy Art Truck Subculture Art 

Short Video Documentary Explores Japan’s Flashy Art Truck Subculture

Japan (GV) – They are flashy, visually compelling and look like they’re a hobby that costs a lot of money: anyone who has ever been to Japan has probably come across Japan’s “art truck” subculture. Known as dekotora (デコトラ, short for “decoration trucks“), Japan’s art trucks are tricked out with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome. Great Big Story has just released Inside Japan’s Tricked-Out DIY Truck Culture, a short video documentary about dekotora. The video features English subtitles, and lots of images of flashy trucks. Like any other subculture, there is also a vibrant dekotora community on Instagram. Here Read More

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Gem of the Persian Gulf: How Pearl Hunting May Make an Economic Comeback Art 

Gem of the Persian Gulf: How Pearl Hunting May Make an Economic Comeback

(Sputnik) – The Arabian Peninsula, now renowned for its oil and gas reserves, was not so long ago famous for its natural pearls. The precious gems found in the waters of the Persian Gulf were exported throughout the world and brought in a great source of revenue for both the rich and poor of the region. There was a time when up to 95% of the state treasury in the Arabian Peninsula was generated not by hydrocarbons, but by pearls. Prior to the widespread exploration of oil fields in the Arabian Peninsula back in the 60s the region was busy hunting pearls. In the 19th and early 20th century Read More

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Cuba: Free Graffiti Artist Art 

Cuba: Free Graffiti Artist

Cuban authorities should order the immediate release of Danilo Maldonado Machado, the graffiti artist known as “El Sexto,” whom they arrested on November 26, 2016, and have been treating with increasing severity ever since, Human Rights Watch said today.

Police arrested Maldonado after he posted on social media a video of himself celebrating Fidel Castro’s death earlier that day. Since then, he has been held incommunicado in various detention centers for as long as three days at a time. Family members who have seen him said he had been severely beaten on several occasions and subjected to three days of solitary confinement, naked and without food. Though still not charged with a crime, he was transferred on December 14 to a high-security prison that houses convicted criminals. Authorities have given his family no information about how long he will remain there.

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Through Hardships to the Stars: These Latin American Children Won’t Let Garbage Stand in the Way of Music Art 

Through Hardships to the Stars: These Latin American Children Won’t Let Garbage Stand in the Way of Music

What do a Mexican music school from the Vicente Guerrero community in the state of Oaxaca and children from the Paraguayan city of Cateura have in common?

That the music being played in both places has not only changed the kids’ lives, but has a deep connection to…garbage.

Music that lives alongside garbage

Vicente Guerrero is located on the edge of a large landfill, just 16 kilometers south of Oaxaca — an old colonial city that’s popular with tourists — but a world away from the nearby pre-Columbian ruins and its world famous cuisine. For some years now, La banda de música (The music band) has played in the community. It’s a project that has evolved into a symphony orchestra made up of children and adolescents, who have found a way to overcome the poverty surrounding them with their musical instruments:

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Graffiti in Iran Art 

Graffiti in Iran

Filmmaker Keywan Karimi’s first feature, Drum, was recently screened at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. Karimi, who, due to the political content of his previous documentary, “Writing on the City” (2015), was sentenced by Iran’s judicial court to six years in prison, made Drum while waiting for that sentence to be executed.

On August 6, a few days after the lineup for Venice Critics’ Week was unveiled, Vatan Emruz, a conservative daily based in Tehran, published a long article condemning the Venice festival for selecting Drum. The piece reminded readers that Karimi had been sentenced for making a documentary that supported the post-election uprising of 2009, and expressed outrage that “instead of enduring his judicial sentence,” Karimi “[had] made yet another film!”

Karimi is not the first Iranian filmmaker to continue his career despite judicial pressure. Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasuolof were arrested in 2010 for “filming without permit”, yet risked more severe judicial punishment and continued to make films.

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A Poet’s Journey from Syria to Algiers Art 

A Poet’s Journey from Syria to Algiers

Last year, on November 25, Dima Yousef, her mother, and two sisters landed in the Algerian capital. Her mother had decided that living in war-torn Syria was a gamble that the family could no longer risk.

Dima Yousef, a 30-year-old poet and Arabic language teacher, is the third of five siblings. Born and raised in Yarmouk refugee camp in the southern outskirts of Damascus, she belongs to a family uprooted from the Palestinian village of Hosheh, east of Haifa. The village had been the site of a fierce battle between the Arab Liberation Army and Haganah paramilitary forces in April 1948. It fell to theHaganah’s Carmeli Brigade on the 16th of that month, forcing all residents to flee either to neighboring villages or to Lebanon and later to Syria, where Dima’s grandparents settled.

A lone palm tree, a graveyard, and some ruins bear witness to what was once a peaceful agricultural community. Physically destroyed, Hosheh was revived through the stories and memories passed on by the survivors to the second and third generations of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist militias in 1948.

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