(RED) TOok THE AIDS FIGHT TO THE STREETS
In the weeks leading up to the sixth Global Fund Replenishment Conference, a collective of the world’s top street artists turned cities around the globe (RED) to drive heat and awareness around the AIDS fight. More than 25 unique PAINT (RED) murals and installations were revealed as part of a coordinated campaign across Washington DC, New York, Berlin, London, Paris, Jersey City, Accra, Malmo, Cape Town, New Delhi, Horsens, Nariobi, Manila, Lima, Ho Chi Minh City, Dakar, Oslo, and Lyon. Alongside the murals, (RED) unveiled interactive digital artwork and many other ways to join the fight to end AIDS with PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES.
At the Replenishment Conference on October 10th, thanks to (RED) and other donors from all over the world, the Global Fund was able to reach its funding goal of US$14 billion. These funds will help save 16 million lives and get the world back on track to end AIDS, TB, and malaria.
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Exploring a wide range of both manual and digital techniques in the fields of drawing, painting, ceramics, and printing, Add Fuel's practice expresses a sophisticated dialogue between the old and the new, between heritage and modernity.
Karabo Poppy Moletsane is a multi award winning illustrator, graphic designer and street artist from Vereeniging, South Africa. She is inspired by the visual aesthetic of Africa, both contemporary and traditional.
Bisco Smith is a contemporary artist recognized for his lyrical approach to deconstructed expressionism. Harnessing the creative spontaneity that exists at the intersection of music and paint, Smith’s works embody the energy of a moment through gestural marks and abstracted text.
FAILE is the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. Since its inception in 1999, FAILE has been known for a wide-ranging multimedia practice recognizable for its explorations of duality through a fragmented style of appropriation and collage.
Hailing from Wuhan, eastern China’s most populous city, DALeast is an artist who attempts to depict the tense relationship between the natural and artificial, the organic and synthetic, forming a bifurcated aesthetic which brings these seemingly irreconcilable binaries into a quite beautiful coalescence.
How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perré) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale murals and fine art that adorn city and galleries’ walls around the globe. Their signature style of red, black, and white-based imagery with commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail.
Through her work, Faith XLVII attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.
One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, street artist and designer Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images across all categories of culture, history and art.
The work of Paris-based Ludo, often called Nature’s Revenge, connects the world of plants and animals with our technological universe and “quest for modernism”. It speaks about what surrounds us, what affects us and tries to highlight some kind of humility.
HERA is the graffiti-alter-ego of half-German, half-Pakistani Jasmin Siddiqui, a painter, muralist, and sculptor in the Street Art genre. She is part of the duo HERAKUT, and has been traveling across the world since 2004 painting large-scale murals.
WK is interested with the human body in motion, his paintings of figures frozen in a flight of movement reflects this infatuation. The artist’s unique process involves a technique of twisting an original drawing or photograph while it’s being photocopied, resulting in the monochromatic palette and streamlined moment-in-time appearance of his finished work.
Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean are best known for their sculptural installations that re-contextualize popular language. With Cosmo’s experience in design and contracting and Trevor’s background in set design and studio art, their work has integrated itself into the world of experiential design and permanent public installation.
Olek was born Agata Oleksiak, in 1978, in a communist Poland. Olek graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland with a degree in cultural studies. In New York, they rediscovered their ability to crochet, and since then they have started their crocheted madness.
Since discovering Graffiti and Hip Hop culture in 1991, French artist BRUSK has made the city his canvas. He constantly looks for new places to deploy his delirious visual universe made of typographic twists, abstract explosions, ultra-realistic subjects and scenes of urban riots.
Over the last 30 years, Shepard Fairey's work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama. Fairey's stickers, guerilla street art presence, and public murals are recognizable worldwide.
Stephen Powers was raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from the University of the Arts before relocating to New York City in 1995. Powers's alias, ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach), won him notoriety not only in the Graffiti world, but also helped establish him in the Contemporary Art world.
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"Street artists have been raising the alarm in the fight against AIDS since HIV appeared — from the streets of New York in the 1980s, and now in the next weeks in cities around the world with PAINT (RED) SAVE LIVES. There has been a lot of progress, more than many experts predicted, but not enough yet to put the sirens to rest. Young women continue to bear the brunt of this disease and maddeningly, every week 6,000 of them are needlessly infected. I’d call that an emergency. (RED) is the color of emergency.”