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15 pieces of street art and graffiti from Europe and beyond showing solidarity in the ongoing refugee crisis

EU immigration and border politics have been subject to criticism for years¹ - particularly regarding the increasingly militarized securitization of its external frontier. In recent weeks the rapid influx of refugees - mainly from war-torn Syria, Irak, and Afghanistan - and the EU's failure to provide an adequate and humane response have dramatically highlighted the consequences [...]

By | September 7th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on 15 pieces of street art and graffiti from Europe and beyond showing solidarity in the ongoing refugee crisis

Oxi – No – Nein: Some visual impressions from the streets of Athens

I arrived in Athens one day prior to the announcement of the Referendum on the Memorandum and left three days before its execution. During the week I spent in Athens I was able to witness some of the immediate reactions uttered in the streets of the city via graffiti slogans, posters, stencils and murals - [...]

By | July 5th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Oxi – No – Nein: Some visual impressions from the streets of Athens

announcing: the ABC project – athens berlin caen

it has been a while since i have taken to this blog, but i have a special project to announce: the ABC project. initiated by french street artist oré last year, the ABC project aims to foster a transeuropean exchange about crisis and austerity through street art and graffiti. i am happy to have been resposible for organising the [...]

By | February 6th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on announcing: the ABC project – athens berlin caen

interview with AFI

i first came across one of the impressive stencils of AFI while researching political street art dealing with the european elections and have been a fan of her strong political works ever since. i was lucky enough to ask her some questions about her motivations and artistic process as well as her perspective on the [...]

By | June 11th, 2014|interviews|Comments Off on interview with AFI

‘no euro, no vision’ – critical perspectives on europe in street art

ever since its founding the european union has been a controversial political project. the economic, political, and social crises that have erupted across the continent in the past five years have only intensified the existing conflicts. consequently the upcoming elections for the european parliament on may 25 will manifest a significant moment for the future of [...]

By | May 13th, 2014|blog|Comments Off on ‘no euro, no vision’ – critical perspectives on europe in street art

science slam potsdam february 7, 2014 – video and english text

in essence, a science slam is a format where young scientists and researchers are challenged to present their academic projects in an understandable and entertaining way. the problem: you only have exactly 10 minutes to do so.  a few weeks back i was kindly invited by the organizers of policult to take part in one [...]

By | February 23rd, 2014|blog|Comments Off on science slam potsdam february 7, 2014 – video and english text

interview with olga alexopoulou

since the beginning of aesthetics of crisis in early 2013 the scope of the project and with it the range of interview partners has been steadily extending, leading to exciting new collaborations. as the city of istanbul has been a particularly fascinating place for me in the past year, i was very happy to get [...]

By | February 2nd, 2014|interviews|Comments Off on interview with olga alexopoulou

interview with marsia tzivara of “burning from the inside”

there have been a number of documentaries dealing with the social and political impact of the greek crisis and particularly the violent rise of the neo-fascist party χρυσή αυγή - better known as golden dawn. marsia tzivara, a greek filmmaker and video activist that has been living in berlin for the past 2 years, takes a [...]

By | January 21st, 2014|blog, interviews|Comments Off on interview with marsia tzivara of “burning from the inside”

2013 : a year in crisis street art

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 | December 31st, 2013|blog|Comments Off on 2013 : a year in crisis street art

new publication about aesthetics of crisis

after an eventful summer and a quiet autumn, i am happy to announce, that one of the projects i have been working on in the past months is finally out. the lovely people at sub\urban zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung have included a photoessay of mine in their latest issue which explores the topic the postpolitical city? if you read [...]

By | December 11th, 2013|blog|Comments Off on new publication about aesthetics of crisis

interview with tvboy (it/es)

this interview with tvboy, an italian street artist and designer working both milan and barcelona, is the first one at aesthetics of crisis to look beyond the specific context of athens. even though he does not consider himself distinctly political, the crisis has - as for many other european artists - become a somewhat inevitable topic. [...]

By | November 20th, 2013|interviews|Comments Off on interview with tvboy (it/es)

interview with mapet

many political artists in athens make use of stencils, but no one has perfected this artform like mapet. he made his first attempt at a stencil in 2006 while living in bristol, but these days he has an archive of about 200 motifs to chose from. the reason for this productivity boost is quite unique: [...]

By | November 5th, 2013|interviews|Comments Off on interview with mapet

interview with refur

graphic design student refur has been exploring the creative potential of the streets of athens for the past two years. in fact, she is one of the few athenian artists strategically using the medium sticker. she also paints larger pieces, often in collaboration with other artists such as mapet, lathos, and yiakou. furthermore she edits [...]

By | October 28th, 2013|interviews|Comments Off on interview with refur

athenian invasion at the stroke art fair 2013

since its founding in 2009 the stroke art fair has established itself as an international institution. alternating between berlin and munich, it showcases a growing number of galleries and artists from the fields of illustration, design, street art, and everything in between. traditionally galleries have formed the focal point of action, yet this year they also [...]

By | October 5th, 2013|blog|Comments Off on athenian invasion at the stroke art fair 2013