Youth in Wedding - Berlin 2010
Wedding mural 1
Indicative for Berlin may be this broken off wall with the other space being nature and an imagined friendly place for animals and plants with children holding hands in the background. This stark contrast depicts as well the political attitude of anarchism with regards to both war and walls. Both are used to keep people in as well as out, provided they do not die under the gunfire or explusion from their home. It is a story to be told in a way which is rich in nuances.
The youth involved belonged to a school which made them wear clothes to protect their own against the paint as if workers of some nuclear facility or in some laboratory when it was indeed a place to imagine and to produce new ideas.
Action in Berlin Wedding 2010
For the exhibition, see Kids' Guernica in Berlin Wedding
Wedding mural 2
It is easy to tell when comparing the two murals which one was painted by a group of younger pupils. Nevertheless this second one does not lack sophisticatio. Especially the lower right part with its subtle silouettes magnifies and deepens at the same time perception. It adds to the ghost like figures accentuated above all b the crows or black birds flying over a grey landscape as if everything has been buried under ashes. The colour grey signifies more than stepping out of the usual black-white contrast. Ash grey is used to signify a period of mourning. Of interest is, however, the entire complex of the mural for the main theme are the hands which act like an embroidery on the upper edge, but also in the circle where they converge. That is not only highly suggetive, but reflects an inner wish to belong together to those who uphold peace or 'Frieden' in German.
First report from Katia David (June 28.6.2010)
...the briefings for the kids are already through...we met in the Gallery, just to have them getting an idea as to the space in which they will be exhibited.
Then I gave a first introduction to make them understand the background of Picassos Guernica.
At the end I showed them different Kids' Guernica murals from other countries.
They liked the idea a lot and promised to think over first sketches during the holidays which will start next week.
In September 2010 they started the painting action.
Altogether we will have four groups:
- two classes from the Wilhelm-Hauff-School (11-13 years);
- one group from the Albert-Gutzmann-School (10-12 years)
- and one group with bigger children (13-18 years).
They will share working on two canvasses during a four-week-process in september.
Documentation of the painting of the two murals:
Kids Guernica 1: http://vimeo.com/21480493
Kids Guernica 2: http://vimeo.com/21480532
The films were done by www.ikono.tv
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