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The uprisings in Egypt were only one of the many urban movements that heavily employed street art and graffiti in their struggle / Photo: aestheticsofcrisisi.org, stencil in Berlin.

2013 : A Year In Crisis Street Art

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As the first year of aestheticsofcrisis.org is swiftly coming to an end, I thought a thematic end of year review might be an interesting experiment. So here it: is a year in crisis street art, emerging from urban activisms and social movements, featuring old and new icons, following no particular logic and informed by some inevitable biases.

February

While the Catholic church still somehow manages to hold on to its relevance, one creepy Pope was replaced with a slightly less creepy one. / Photos by aestheticsofcrisis.org: top – Blu mural detail in Rome / bottom - works by unknown artists in Athens.

While the Catholic church still somehow manages to hold on to its relevance, one creepy Pope was replaced with a slightly less creepy one. / Photos by aestheticsofcrisis.org: top – Blu mural detail in Rome / bottom – works by unknown artists in Athens.

March

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelas iconic President, dies at age 59. / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, mural at the reclaim your city exhibition in Berlin 2013.

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelas iconic President, dies at age 59. / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, mural at the reclaim your city exhibition in Berlin 2013.

Cyprus joins the ranks of European countries receiving a bailout from the Troika / Photos: left – mural in athens, courtesy of Bleeps.gr / right - aestheticsofcrisis.org, artwork by WD in Athens.

Cyprus joins the ranks of European countries receiving a bailout from the Troika / Photos: left – mural in athens, courtesy of Bleeps.gr / right – aestheticsofcrisis.org, artwork by WD in Athens.

April

Maggie Thatcher, the lady everybody loves to hate, dies. / Photos: left – via http://www.flickr.com/photos/mermaid99 / right – via http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_blige/.

Maggie Thatcher, the lady everybody loves to hate, dies. / Photos: left – via http://www.flickr.com/photos/mermaid99 / right – via http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheila_blige/.

May

Determined to halt the destruction of a park to build yet another mega-mall, the Occupy Gezi movement errupts in Istanbul and protest soon spreads throughout Turkey. / Photos: left – via http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/  right – via http://turkishlydelightful.blogspot.de/.

Determined to halt the destruction of a park to build yet another mega-mall, the Occupy Gezi movement errupts in Istanbul and protest soon spreads throughout Turkey. / Photos: left – via http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/  right – via http://turkishlydelightful.blogspot.de/.

Find a full post on this issue here

June

Former NSA employee Edward sSowden leaks crucial information about the state of global surveillance / Photos: top – via https://www.facebook.com/aRtivism4U / bottom – via http://www.streetartutopia.com/.

Former NSA employee Edward sSowden leaks crucial information about the state of global surveillance / Photos: top – via https://www.facebook.com/aRtivism4U / bottom – via http://www.streetartutopia.com/.

Government protests in Egypt reerrupt, with street art, graffiti and murals playing a crucial role in the struggles. / Photos: top – via bbc.com / bottom – aestheticsofcrisis.org stencil by unknown artist in Berlin.

Government protests in Egypt reerrupt, with street art, graffiti and murals playing a crucial role in the struggles. / Photos: top – via bbc.com / bottom – aestheticsofcrisis.org stencil by unknown artist in Berlin.

September

The Romanian movement to save the Rosia Montana region from mining development starts its weekly protests. / Photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/pressthebuttononthetop/320886184.

The Romanian movement to save the Rosia Montana region from mining development starts its weekly protests. / Photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/pressthebuttononthetop/320886184.

Antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas aka Killah P. is assasinated and killed by members of the Golden Dawn party. Riots ensue and the GD party is officially banned in the aftermath / Photo by Tsakalidis Konstantinos / http://konstantinostsakalidis.viewbook.com/.

Antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas aka Killah P. is assasinated and killed by members of the Golden Dawn party. Riots ensue and the GD party is officially banned in the aftermath / Photo by Tsakalidis Konstantinos / http://konstantinostsakalidis.viewbook.com/.

Find a full post about the aftermath of Pavlos’ killing here

Angela Merkel, the empress of the European austerity regime is reelected German chancellor, almost garnering a majority for her Christian Democratic Party / Photos: top – aestheticsofcrisis.org, pasteup by scarr in Athens / bottom left – mural by italian artist Tvboy in Munich, courtesy of Tvboy / bottom right – aestheticsofcrisis.org, sticker in Amsterdam.

Angela Merkel, the empress of the European austerity regime is reelected German chancellor, almost garnering a majority for her Christian Democratic Party / Photos: top – aestheticsofcrisis.org, pasteup by scarr in Athens / bottom left – mural by italian artist Tvboy in Munich, courtesy of Tvboy / bottom right – aestheticsofcrisis.org, sticker in Amsterdam.

Here’s a full article on Merkel themed street art, published on urban times earlier this year.

October

A migrant boat – like so many others before it – sinks in front of the shores of Lampedusa with about 360 people killed. / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org , stencil by Mapet in Athens.

A migrant boat – like so many others before it – sinks in front of the shores of Lampedusa with about 360 people killed. / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org , stencil by Mapet in Athens.

December

Former South African president Nelson Mandela dies / Photo via http://m.timeslive.co.za/.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela dies / Photo via http://m.timeslive.co.za/.

Five year anniversary of the brutal killing of 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos on the 6th of December 2008, that sparked a massive revolt in Athens back in 2008 / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, Mural on a squatted house in Rome by Blu.

Five year anniversary of the brutal killing of 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos on the 6th of December 2008, that sparked a massive revolt in Athens back in 2008 / Photo: aestheticsofcrisis.org, Mural on a squatted house in Rome by Blu.

Police and activists in Hamburg clash violently over the Rote Flora autonomous centre / Photo via http://www.turus.net/.

Police and activists in Hamburg clash violently over the Rote Flora autonomous centre / Photo via http://www.turus.net/.

This article was first published at aestheticsofcrisis.org.