Silence is a war crime

Street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

On a recent weekend in Whangarei I was really impressed by the amount and quality of the street art that has been installed around the city. It seems that street art has moved from an underground, rebel act to one approved, organised and funded by local authorities.

Not that I’m complaining.

This was my favourite work. I wish I could find out more about it.

Detail; street art, Whangarei, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Posted to Lens Artists Photo Challenge | street art

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39 thoughts on “Silence is a war crime

  1. ‘Silence is a war crime’ – What a very disturbing artwork. And one very big statement. Not only of atrocity covered up or unacknowledged, but that we, the people, too often do not question, let alone hold to account the murderous activities of our governments who do such a fine job of disappearing their activities under bland statements and propaganda and, worst of all, dressing them up as humanitarian missions.

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  2. When we close our eyes to the injustices in the world we live in and do not speak out against it, it is a crime in the war and struggle for justice. A very powerful message by this piece of street art, Su!

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  3. Yep, thank goodness for the courage of those willing to illuminate the crimes. On the other hand, if I hear the phrase “the standard you walk past, is the standard you accept” one more time, I think I might scream. There may be many reasons people may keep quiet. A battle does not a war win. Sorry I just had to get that off my chest. I might have had a post in mind about that (kind of). 🙂

    Seriously though, Su, wonderful murals. Sometimes we do need simple messages for those who need a reminder of why it is important to speak out even it is a lone voice. Hopefully someone somewhere will take notice. We should be very grateful for the Greta Thunbergs of this world.

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    • It is beautiful. I’m glad that communities are embracing street art too. I guess the fear is that if it is being done with official approval (and funding) there will be some censorship of the message, and truly radical art will have to find another platform.

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  4. This is one of my favourite murals I’ve done in whangarei, awesome to see that after a number of years people still cares about. The message in this was powerful.
    Awesome photo and resolution is superb!!! 👍
    Saludos from Whangarei
    Rodrigo Rozas

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    • Rodrigo, thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I loved the mural so much; we kept detouring during our visit to Whangarei to see it again and again.
      You are right; the message is very powerful and one we need to remember.
      Thanks again
      Su

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