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SANTA'S GHETTO BETHLEHEM 2007

Posted by Billyjam, December 28, 2007 05:15am | Post a Comment
          

Aritst Ron English, recently interviewed here on the Amoeblog about his new books and interviewed again here for this report, has just returned to the US after a most interesting visit immediately before Christmas to Palestine where he was a part of the unique Santa's Ghetto Bethlehem 2007 art project. He joined several other "street artists" from around the world, including renowned British artist Banksy (the project's mastermind).

While in Bethlehem Ron posted his art on the controversial Palestine wall and fence as well as in places nearby the wall. The unique ongoing annual art exhibition was held in Bethlehem this year by Banksy reportedly in the hope that it would focus attention on the poverty of the West Bank and draw tourists back to the traditional birthplace of Christianity.

To the left and down below are some of the pieces by Banksy. Immediately above and below are two of the pieces by Ron English.  All of these pieces along with many others were posted on the website SantasGhetto which, note, in the days before posting this  blog, had just been been "closed" but may be open again. Meantime, check out both Ron English's Popaganda site where on the first page is a segment titled "This Christmas in Bethlehem" and also Banksy's main website.

Banksy created the Santa's Ghetto project six years ago when he felt that the spirit of Christmas was being lost. "It was becoming increasingly uncommercialized and more and more to do with religion, so we decided to open our own shop and sell pointless stuff you didn't need," said the artist in a statement at the time.  

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Girls Nite Out

Posted by phil blankenship, December 28, 2007 01:09am | Post a Comment
 





Thorn EMI Video TVB2674

MY TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2007...

Posted by Brad Schelden, December 27, 2007 11:07pm | Post a Comment

A Place To Bury Strangers-
A Place To Bury Strangers
(Killer Pimp)









Studio-
West Coast
(Information)









Justice-
Cross
(Vice)









Explosions in the Sky-
All Of a Sudden I Miss Everybody
(Temporary Residence)








Jens Lekman-
Night Falls Over Kortedala
(Secretly Canadian)


THE LITTLE GIRL GIANT: BEAUTIFUL OR SCARY?

Posted by Billyjam, December 27, 2007 06:43am | Post a Comment
 

One morning earlier this year, according to Royal de Luxe, The Little Girl Giant (above) woke up at Horse Guards Parade in London, took a shower from the time-traveling Sultan's elephant and wandered off to play in the park, and then sat down in her giant deck chair.

This art/performance piece, as well as the video of it above, is one of those simple yet beautiful images of this past year that stayed with me ever since I first saw it. Not everyone finds it beautiful, however; many little kids as well some adults, find the Girl Giant model creepy or scary.

What do you think: beautiful or scary?

Secret Society of the Sonic Six live in Long Beach Fri 28th Dec.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 27, 2007 01:50am | Post a Comment
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