Art for Global Change

As always, we’re fascinated with the intersection of art and activism. Here are five bits in particular that grabbed our eyes this week…

Global Warming World – Gorgeous kid look MTV spot makes a microcosm of the world and drives home the severity of climate change.

Guerrilla Gardening – Vandalizing public spaces with flowers, protesting the privatization of public space with plants. Taking off all over the planet.

What the World Eats – Photos of families worldwide alongside what they eat in a week. Echoes Menzel’s earlier work looking at families and all their belongings (book).

Candlelit Israel – Lovely paper and candle street art gives us hope and lights the way home in Tel-Aviv. And while we’re in Israel, have a look at the emotive stencil portraits popping up in Nir’s photostream.

Inspiration Out of Africa – We don’t focus on the positive in Africa nearly enough so I’m happy to see countries taking inspiring steps highlighted — Rwanda abolishing the death penalty, for example. You’d think we could be as forward thinking. Art of a political sort, but beautiful nonetheless. And of course don’t miss Vanity Fair’s massive Africa Issue.

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