Citizen by El Bocho

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I’ve deliberately used a wide shot here so you can see the art work in relation to the surrounds. Top right you can see two of the major characters used by El Bocho, one of the melancholy looking girls known as “Citizens” and further right, “Little Lucy”

The beanie of the girls head says “Liebe in Beton” ( Love in concrete?), and most of these fugures have similar sayings.

Little Lucy on the other hand is based on a Czech TV show called “Little Lucy – Fear of the Street”. Her hobby is killing her cat and here you see her pulling it apart.

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Street of the Paris Commune

Quite a large four storey mural on Straße der Pariser Kommune, Friedrichshain, just across from S Ostbahnhof. I get the impression that there was another face on the right hand wall but this was too faded to make out properly.
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Anne Frank street art

Anne Frank street art

Anne Frank portrait by the English artist Jimmy C. on the wall outside the exhibition ( or Anne Frank Zentrum – http://bit.ly/1ljx7ZP ).

The exhibition is worth taking your time over, the matter of fact presentation of the horrors mesh with the personalised accounts from Anne Frank, her family and friends.

By the way, don’t be put off by the laneway at Rosenthaler Strasse 39. There is lots of graffiti but also a couple of other small museums including that for Otto Weidt (http://bit.ly/RDzUTu )

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Fraternal Kiss

Fraternal Kiss

The East Side Gallery is a collection of artworks painted on the remnants of the Berlin Wall as it runs along the River Spree. The one I am in front off front off is by the Russian painter Dmitri Vrubel, called “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love”. All up 105 art works were originally painted.

It is well worth reading about the Gallery and the conflicts surrounding it – http://bit.ly/1g2e9rt

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Make love not war

I was looking for a large hourglass mural by the artist Blu, however I suspect it has since been replaced by these two (the hourglass seems to have been where the male figure is ) “Make Love not War” above the Mag­net club at Oberbaum­brücke, is part of the AXE campaign ( http://bit.ly/1i50C16 ) which encourages people to stay in bed on May the 4th to promote world peace. ( I kid you not. http://bit.ly/1i50EGm ) Because of the proximity to the rail line it is a prime spot for street advertising.

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Boy sitting by Alias

Alias is a street artist who moved from Hamburg to berlin where he has achieved quite a reputation for his stencil work. In particular he places his work with relevance, in this case the boy sitting appears behind bars. I have another photo where the same boy seems to be waiting in a doorway ( http://bit.ly/1i4zNFX )

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Cultural ignorance

My search for significant street art in Berlin took me to Cuvrystrasse in Kreuzberg. I was looking for a two part mural by the Italian artist Blu. One depicting an unmasking my two figures making East and West signs with their hands, the other a business man adjusting his tie with a gold chain between two rolex watches

Having seen a number of photos of the artwork I was surprised to see what I expected was an open area, to be surrounded by a set of fences, and the site full of shacks built from assortments of building materials, plastic tarps and the like.

Initially I was just going to take a couple of photos from outside and leave, however I started talking to one of the occupants who I understood came from Bulgaria. “Talk” may be an exaggeration as we had no language in common. I explained what I was doing and he offered to take me through the camp to the walls – I explained I would not take any photos of the camp or occupants.

Within the camp there were braziers cooking lunch and quite a few kids who ran to the walls with me. I took my photos, thanked the man who showed me the way with a tip, and left

Since then I’ve been reading a lot about Kreuzberg and Cuvrystrasse, trying to become more knowledgeable about its place in Berlin culture. Some of it is about freedom and the community response to gentrification. Some is about protest and violence, some about celebration.

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