as the first year of aesthetics of crisis is swiftly coming to an end, i thought a thematic end of year review might be an interesting experiment. so here it: is a year in crisis street art, emerging from urban activisms and social movements, featuring old and new icons, following no particular logic and informed by some inevitable biases.

 february

while the catholic church still somehow manages to hold on to its relevance, one creepy pope was replaced with a slightly less creepy one.  photos: top - blu mural detail in rome, bottom -works by unknown artists from athens.

while the catholic church still somehow manages to hold on to its relevance, one creepy pope was replaced with a slightly less creepy one.
photos: aestheticsofcrisis.org, top – blu mural detail in rome / bottom – works by unknown artists in athens.

     march

hugo chavez, venezuelas iconic president, dies at age 59.

hugo chavez, venezuelas iconic president, dies at age 59.
photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, mural at the reclaim your city exhibition in berlin 2013.

cyprus joins the ranks of european countries receiving a bailout from the troika. photos: left - mural in athens, courtesy of bleeps.gr, right: artwork by wd in athens

cyprus joins the ranks of european countries receiving a bailout from the troika.
photos: left – mural in athens, courtesy of bleeps.gr / right – artwork by wd in athens.

     april

maggie thatcher, the lady everybody loves to hate, dies. photos: left - through http://www.flickr.com/photos/mermaid99 / right - through http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_blige/

maggie thatcher, the lady everybody loves to hate, dies.
photos: left – via flickr.com/photos/mermaid99 / right – via flickr.com/photos/sheila_blige/

     may

determined to halt the destruction of a park to build yet another mega-mall, the occupy gezi movement errupts in istanbul and protests soon spreads throughout turkey. photos: left - through http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/ / right: through http://turkishlydelightful.blogspot.de/.

determined to halt the destruction of a park to build yet another mega-mall, the occupy gezi movement errupts in istanbul and protests soon spreads throughout turkey.
photos: left – via http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/ / right – via http://turkishlydelightful.blogspot.de/.

[i published a full post on this issue earlier this year]

     june

former nsa employee edward snowden leaks crucial information about the state of global surveillance. photos: top - through https://www.facebook.com/aRtivism4U / bottom - through http://www.streetartutopia.com/.

former nsa employee edward snowden leaks crucial information about the state of global surveillance.
photos: top – via https://www.facebook.com/aRtivism4U / bottom – via http://www.streetartutopia.com/.

government protests in egypt reerrupt, with street art, graffiti and murals playing a crucial role in the struggles. photos: top - through bbc.com / bottom - stencil by unknown artist in berlin.

government protests in egypt reerrupt, with street art, graffiti and murals playing a crucial role in the struggles.
photos: top – via bbc.com / bottom – aestheticsofcrisis.org, stencil by unknown artist in berlin.

september

the romanian movement to save rosia montana starts its weekly protests. photo through http://www.flickr.com/photos/pressthebuttononthetop/320886184

the romanian movement to save the rosia montana region from canadian-run mining development starts its weekly protests.
photo via flickr.com/photos/pressthebuttononthetop/.

antifascist rapper pavlos fyssas aka killah p. is assasinated and killed by members of the golden dawn party, riots ensue and the gd party is officially banned in the aftermath. photo by tsakalidis konstantinos / http://konstantinostsakalidis.viewbook.com/

antifascist rapper pavlos fyssas aka killah p. is assasinated and killed by members of the golden dawn party. riots ensue and the gd party is officially banned in the aftermath.
photo by tsakalidis konstantinos (http://konstantinostsakalidis.viewbook.com/).

[i published a longer post on this issue earlier this year]

angela merkel, the empress of the european austerity regime is reelected german chancellor, almost garnering a majority for her christian democratic party. photos: top - pasteup by scarr in athens / bottom left - mural by italian artist tvboy in munich, courtesy of tvboy / bottom right - sticker in amsterdam

angela merkel, the empress of the european austerity regime is reelected german chancellor, almost garnering a majority for her christian democratic party.
photos: top – aestheticsofcrisis.org, pasteup by scarr one in athens / bottom left – mural by italian artist tvboy in munich, courtesy of tvboy / bottom right – aestheticsofcrisis.org, sticker in amsterdam.

[here’s an article i wrote about merkel themed street art at urbantimes.co]

october

a migrant boat - like so many others before it - sinks in front of the shores of lampedusa with about 360 people dead. photo: stencil by mapet in athens.

a migrant boat – like so many others before it – sinks in front of the shores of lampedusa leaving about 360 people dead.
photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, stencil by mapet in athens.

december

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former south african president nelson mandela dies.
photo via http://m.timeslive.co.za/.

5 year anniversary of the brutal killing of 15-year old alexis grigoropoulos on the 6th of december 2008, that sparked a massive revolt back in 2008.  photo: mural on a squatted house in rome by blu

5 year anniversary of the brutal killing of 15-year old alexis grigoropoulos on the 6th of december 2008, that sparked a massive revolt back in 2008 and some uproar in 2013
photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org mural on a squatted house in rome by blu.

police and activist in hamburg clash violently over the rote flora autonomous centre.  photo via http://www.turus.net/.

police and activists in hamburg clash violently over the rote flora autonomous centre.
photo via http://www.turus.net/.