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The Urban Nation Project M/8 is underway in Berlin and the mural are going up around the city. This round of the project (which aims to bring together artists that shape and enrich urban spaces in neighborhoods) is curated by London gallery, Stolenspace. The theme chosen by Stolenspace for the show and murals is “Freedom”, which can be seen in the works produced by invited artists: Cyrcle, Miss Van, Maya Kayuk, The London Police, Word to Mother and EVOCA1. The murals of D*Face and Shepard Fairey, in particular, encapsulate the theme. Pictured here, D*Face’s mural of an angered soldier is a segment out of his indoor contribution to the show, where the solider is screaming “Peace!?” Shepard Fairey’s mural, positioned directly to the right of D*Face’s, is entitled “Israel/Palestine”, and depicts a woman peering out from behind a curtained barrier. Take the two by themselves and they provoke thoughts and reflections of peace, oppression, and freedom. Take the two murals together and their placement and duality balance wonderfully on the facade of this building in Berlin. Fairey’s work has always been politically charged, with strong opinionated imagery critiquing social injustices, colonization, climate crisis, consumerism and capitalism. This is a new realm for D*Face, who usually creates works that reflect themes of popular culture, and not so directly address political stances. From the color palette to the movement and form of these pieces, the complementary balance between them is applauded!

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(Photos by Birdman)