Move Over Banksy By Allison Pinski
I recently discovered two very talented female street artists; Shamsia Hassani and Faith47. These two women are from different corners of the globe and have two very different styles, but are equally as talented and powerful as any other artist in the game.
Shamsia Hassani is a 25-year old street and digital artist from Kabul, Afghanistan. In regards to her style, she says;
“Usually I am painting women with burqas in modernism shape on walls, I want to talk about their life, to find some way to remove them from darkness, to open their mind, to bring some positive changes, trying to remove all bad memories of war from everybody’s mind with covering sad city’s walls with happy colors” (quote from here ).
Below are photos of some of Hassani’s incredible work.
I love Hassani’s style, which is very modern and almost geometric, as opposed to the very free-styled or cartoonish works of other street artists. I hope that she is recognized on an international scale, because her work is very impressive, and important for the women of Afghanistan.
In contrast, Faith47 is a street and multimedia artist from Cape Town, South Africa. According to her website, her career has lasted more than 15 years, and she now has work in many of the major cities around the world. In 2015 alone, she participated in exhibitions in the United States, France, China, Tahiti, Canada, and Mexico.
“Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search” (quote from her biography).
Below are some of Faith47’s pieces.
I really enjoy Faith47’s work, because it is very realistic and airy. I love the “dripping” effect she has on her pieces, and the animals she often paints. They are very beautiful, and I hope that someday I have the opportunity to see a piece from her in real life.
If you are interested in seeing more work from these two incredible women, I suggest looking more into their work. You can also check out Hassani’s Facebook, and Faith47’s Facebook for more of their work.
Note: Both of Hassani’s images were taken from her Facebook, and the three images of Faith47’s work were taken from the following articles in order; here, here, and here. None of the images used in this post are our own, and there is no copyright infringement intended, as we would like to credit (and promote) these wonderful artists as much as we can.
Photographer Hannah Altman published a fascinating series of photographs on her tumblr http://hannahaltmanphoto.tumblr.com/ a few months ago, entitled “And Everything Nice.”
Altman includes a brief explanation of the series:
“‘And Everything Nice’ is an unflinching analysis of the standard for female beauty. The ongoing series consists of women in states of affliction; the body fluid of the models have been replaced with glitter to visualize the concept of girls invariably needing to seem attractive regardless of the actual situation” - Altman via her Tumblr post
I love this series because it’s very powerful in showing how girls are expected to be “attractive” all the time, as Altman claims above. I like how she replaced the blood and vomit and tears with glitter, which made the statement very poignant. I’ve seen this series floating around Tumblr for a while, and maybe you have too? Feel free to comment with your interpretations and thoughts.
Check out her Tumblr for more of her photography if you’re interested.
Note: All images were taken from the original post, and are in no way our own because we’re not that talented.
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