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.
This week we discover a love story that began during the Korean War, and never really ended. We speak with a friend of a man who disappeared while hiking back in 2004 — and could have been kidnapped by North Korea. Plus, we learn more about the power of running to cope with grief, overcoming illiteracy, a unique clothes shop which caters to transgender people and reviving traditions in Tahiti.
Shamsia Hassani is Afghanistan's first prominent female graffiti artist. The murals she paints in her hometown of Kabul often subvert gender stereotypes and present a different image of Afghanistan — one of beauty and color. Working in war-torn Kabul comes with its own set of challenges, as Dorian Jones found out when he caught up with Hassani at an international street art festival in Istanbul.
How Germany's new immigration laws are opening the door for non-EU citizens to work in the country - Macedonia's name-change referendum - Greece's failure to cope with a mounting humanitarian crisis - France's presidency in crisis after the country's interior minister quits - Istanbul's flourishing street art scene - legendary French singer and actor Charles Aznavour.
Turkey's largest city is witnessing an explosion in creative graffiti, and many of the artists driving the change are women. The country may be in the grip of rising authoritarianism, but Istanbul's leaders are not interfering with the rise in street art. In some cases they're actively encouraging it. Dorian Jones reports.