Some photos from my trip – London, Athens and Tel Aviv

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to posting, things have been somewhat hectic recently. Anyway, here’s a bunch of photos I’ve taken so far during my trip, on my brand new second hand cellphone’s camera. Sweet.

This one (and the next 3 closeups) is from an outside wall of Freedom, in London. The home of Freedom Bookshop, Freedom Press and, of course, Freedom the newspaper. The project was in collaboration with the art gallery next store, and consists of images of a whole bunch of anarchists (and proto-anarchists) from history. Following that is a pic of the door to Freedom itself, including a stencil of Wildcat, an anarchist comic character. I interviewed Donald Rooum, the creator of the cartoon, for over an hour while in London :)

Next up, some photos from Athens. These were all taken on the walk from Monastiraki up towards the Acropolis (photos of that will be uploaded in the next few days). It was fucking hot, but the view from the top was definately worth it. Anyway, as with everywhere I went in Athens, there was plenty of political graffiti. Some of it was fairly ugly, just tagging etc, and lots of it I didn’t understand (as I don’t speak Greek), but some I liked and took photos of :)

Lastly, the night that I flew out of Athens, I spent a few hours in Exarchia, which is a “reclaimed neighbourhood” – a bunch of streets where heaps of anarchists and other lefties live, and cops aren’t welcome. The walls were coated thickly with graffiti and posters for demos, soli work for prisoners etc etc, was pretty cool. Then when I left to go catch a bus to the airport, I noticed that at the edges of Exarchia, there were young (some looked like 15, but must’ve been older) cops in full riot gear at every corner – apparently, thats normal, to ensure that Exarchia doesn’t spread, and also for training the young cops – the older ones go to the demos/riots, but the young ones learn the trade at the borders…bizarre! The following photos are from the doors in the toilets in a bar I went to, where I was served by an anarchist bartender.

Lastly, off to Israel, where I currently am. While in Tel Aviv, I took a few photos of bits of graffiti/stencil art there.

This one is a stencil of the founder of political Zionism, Theodore Herzl. The Hebrew text below translates to “Don’t want, don’t need…” This is a piece of slang in Hebrew that is said when someone offers you something you don’t want – in the case of this stencil, referring to the Israeli state itself.

This stencil is about Ahmed Mousa, a 10 year old child murdered recently in the West Bank town of Ni’ilin by the Israeli army during a demonstration by Palestinians, Israelis and internationals against the separation wall. More info about Ahmed and the demo (inc photos) can be found on the Anarchists Against The Wall website.

A slightly older stencil to finish it off, this one is from last year, the 40th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights. It says “occupation” in Hebrew, Arabic and English below the number 40, followed by an unreadable date (I think?) and website.

14 Responses to Some photos from my trip – London, Athens and Tel Aviv

  1. Vic says:

    very nice pics

  2. Jared says:

    Those top profiles must be Clifford Harpers work right? Very cool

  3. Asher says:

    They’re based on his work, yeah, although he had nothing to do with it – it was the galleries idea to copy his work :)

  4. Liam says:

    “Some of it was fairly ugly, just tagging etc”

    Very offended! Haha, nah nice pics.

    (but seriously, tagging is the most beautiful)

  5. Asher says:

    Some tagging can be nice, but generally I prefer other forms of graffiti/street art, personally :)

  6. jo says:

    the thing about tagging is that it is often the starting point for more and better graffiti art, like the little green shoot popping out of the ground in spring, if u are too critical of this then it discourages (mostly) young people from moving on to the next stage of developing their art. My nephew is an amazing graffiti artist and many of his crew (who also now do bigger and better pieces) started out by simply tagging. Even the “fuck authority and fuck you” has potential, and without knowing who wrote it you’re only speculating that it is unintelligent, the person who wrote this is expressing their anger, sure it may not seem very articulate but it’s not the most unhealthy way to vent at those in a more privileged class/race..etc.

  7. jo says:

    sorry I meant “fuck the system and fuck you”

  8. Asher says:

    For sure, I also know a bunch of people who started off tagging and now do “nicer” work. I also know of some wicked graf artists who still tag from time to time.

    Doesn’t make tagging any nicer to look at though, and def doesn’t make “fuck the system and fuck you” any more cogent a critique – venting anger can be healthy, but that doesn’t mean its productive! An Israeli friend suggested it was more likely to have been done by one of the drunk punks than by a Salon Mazal aligned anarchist , which wouldn’t surprise me, as it fits drunk punk politics all too well.

  9. jo says:

    walls look nicer tagged than clean.

  10. Asher says:

    Depends on the quality of the tag and the quality of the wall ;)

  11. jo says:

    for the sake of not being accused of having bad politics i’m not going to say what i really want to, therefore remain oppressed. thanks Asher ;-)

  12. jo says:

    or my linear analytical codification of reality in a literary form, albeit ethnographic, had its roots in the same classroom (working class “drunk punks” from London.) That might make more sense.

  13. Asher says:

    We just disagree on the merits and desirability of tagging, no big deal (well, not to me at least) :P

  14. jo says:

    of course not!

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