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As part of the street art convention, Cities of Hope, in Manchester, England, Nevercrew painted this beautiful and poignant piece titled, “Inhumane Barriers.” Hailing from Switzerland, the duo of Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni executed this exquisite mural that depicts a beautiful giant crystal with silhouetted figures beneath it scrambling to try and climb atop it, many of them falling off below. Nevercrew writes, “This project is about immigration and integration: about the loss of humanity and empathy, about barriers and values, and about the distant and often presumptuous position of who’s on the “right part” of the border.”

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The image touches on the issues surrounding immigration, a difficult and arduous event for most. Nevercrew worked with local action group, WASP (Women Asylum Seekers Together), who fight for rights and raise awareness about the issues that force women to seek international protection and the effects of the injustices of the UK immigration system. Cities of Hope is a street art convention which brings 9 of the worlds best artists to Manchester with the objective to force witness to 9 key social justice issues. Each artist and issue is being linked to a vital local organization that fights to help the lives of those affected by the issues, at a grass roots level. The event was produced by Vestige, a not for profit social justice organization that uses the Arts to inspire action on the social issues that define our time and support the work of agencies that champion these. Well done, everyone involved!

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(photos © Nevercrew)