The street as an artist’s canvas
Since the late 1950s and early 1960s street art has become a celebrated genre in the art world. Street art took off after French graffiti artist Gérard Zlotykamien began to use outdoor urban spaces as his canvas in 1963.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, scars of the 1992-95 war can still be seen nearly 25 years later. In Mostar, local residents have become so tired of the depressing damaged buildings that they've come up with a creative solution to spruce things up. Natalie Carney checked out a street art festival which has breathed new life into the war-scarred southern Bosnian city.
Spray paint is the bane of the existence of many city residents. In the Italian city of Verona, a local graffiti artist has begun transforming offensive tags into civic-minded street art. With a culinary flair, professional muralist Pier Paolo Spinazzé turns swastikas into strawberries, Celtic crosses into cupcakes and neofascist slogans into giant sausages.
This week: We go underground to meet Thai dissidents in hiding, speak with a rape survivor in India and visit a street art festival in the war-scarred Bosnian city of Mostar. Plus: Venezuelans struggle to survive the collapsing oil industry, Moroccan teen refugees in Ceuta, culinary graffiti in Verona and $1-dollar eyeglasses in Bolivia.
Edinburgh recently became the first UK city to join the 'open streets' movement, which aims to temporarily remove road traffic from cities. The initiative aims to reduce air pollution in urban centres, whilst bringing communities together in spaces normally reserved for cars, lorries and other motorized transport. Jack Foster reports from the Scottish capital.