Walls with voices: Protest Art on the Streets

Walls with voices: Protest Art on the Streets

  • Posted on: March 28, 2014
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For centuries Art has been a useful tool for people to rebel against the establishment and target glaring socio-political and economic injustices. The 21st century is rich with various known and unknown street artists splashing the streets with their shared criticism of culture, capitalism and war. ‘Controversial’, ‘illegal’ and ‘defacement’ are some of the words associated with Protest Art, but at the end of the day, if voices remain unheard then the walls start speaking.

This Friday, Artsome selects some thought-provoking Street Art from around the world.

Unknown street artist in the United States


Street Art in San Francisco


This is a work by UK’s most famous politically motivated Street Artist Banksy which shows a Girl frisking an armed soldier with his hands against the wall. Banksy selected Bethlehem for the exhibit to allude to the birthplace of Jesus and also because it is at the center of allegations of human rights abuses.

Banksy, Girl frisking a Soldier, 2007, one of many stenciled images on the wall of West Bank in Bethlehem.

A javelin thrower operates with slightly heavier ‘artillery’ in Banksy’s witty retort against the authorities as they brought down restrictions on graffitti artists in London, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Banksy Olympics Protest

Have you ever seen Mona Lisa with a Bazooka? Here’s a stenciled image of Da Vinci’s serene smiling beauty holding a rocket launcher, courtesy Banksy.

Mona Lisa with a Rocket Launcher


Work of an unknown Street Artist on a wall in Guelph, Ontario in California, USA.

This next one is called ‘Explosive Birth’ accompanied by an inspiring quote by writer Vitaly Friedman – “Just popped out of my head and onto the wall…like a new born baby it just happens everyday”

Political Graffitti


Obama-inspired Street Art

A lot of artists were influenced by Obama’s historic election campaign and made graffiti in support or even in mockery of the US President.

Barrack Obama by Koolhats in the Santa Fe Art District, USA

A satiric graffiti where Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s faces have been superimposed by Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, the rest of the picture being identical to the original version.

Hilary Clinton and Barrack Obama as Warhol and Basquiat


Shepard Fairey, a prior skateboarder is now an established graffiti artist and illustrator who works under the iconic tagname ‘OBEY’.

Shepard Fairey, OBEY Art, Guns and Roses, Cargo Bar in London

Vote For Nobody


Soldiers hoisting a Mcdonald’ s ‘ Drive-Thru’ Flag

An offer of flowers, General Nguyen Ngoc Loan offers a Viet Cong prisoner flowers instead of death.

Image Courtesy www.noupe.com