“Artistic interventions have been turned into something of a fetish in artistic circles and institutions. Even the best intentions from artists, organizers, and curators often end up absorbing the radical histories and potentials of past actions and interventions within and outside the sphere of culture. By virtue of the “artistic” moniker, institutions and organizations often neutralize the idea of an intervention, extricating it from its situated environment in politically informed civil life. The idea that an intervention can be performed within the boundaries of the art industries as an action exogenous to the space, people, or conflict intervened in is thus normalized. In these circumstances the political itself is sanitized and the action appropriated for nothing more than a cynically calculated move to be used in an artistic, curatorial or institutional CV.”
A semi-derelict housing estate in East London will become a space for a huge site specific mural art project by Nazir Tanbouli. Nazir, who collaborated with Luna Nera in Belfast, Berlin and Cambridge shows, will take over the whole site with massive hand painted (that’s with a brush, Michelangelo-style!) murals. Starting in March it will run through to the Olympics London 2012.
The location’s still secret, but we will keep you up to date and the project launch will be something to see!
ps. you can follow Naz’s own blog on http://www.nazirtanbouli.wordpress.com