I am still overwhelmed by the last week.
I drove to Düsseldorf on Tuesday and painted one of my largest stencil works ever at the 40Grad Urbanart Festival.
The site of the festival is located nearby the memorial for the deportation of Jews in Düsseldorf during the Nazi regime. More than 6,000 Jews were deported from this place (where the former freight depot was located) to the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Theresienstadt or Litzmannstadt between 1941 to 1944.
This was actually a perfect ground for me to create this stencil about the deportation of Jews. It shows Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz after women, children and men were separated.
During the Nazi regime in Germany, the Jews had to wear yellow stars on their clothes to be marked as Jews. I painted these stars in orange to create a link to the sea-bridge, that rescues refugees in the Meditarranean Sea today.
My deepest thanks go to the 40Grad Urbanart Festival for having me and giving all of us a great time. It was a blast!!!
Shell shock soldier.
Painted on the WW2 bunker in Fichtestrasse in Berlin Kreuzberg.
War causes traumas for surviving soldiers and also journalists, who have to document the cruelty of war.
A topic that is hidden in our society as well.
Fight war not wars!
During the last time I read Hans Fallada’s book “Kleiner Mann was nun?” [engl. Little Man, what now?] and painted his portrait on the former hospital in the Blankenburger Straße 19 in Berlin Neuenschönhausen, where he passed away on 5th February 1947.
The canvas is 60x80cm with a two layer stencil, spraypaint and pages from a book in canvas.
In the background pages of Fallada’s book “Der ungeliebte Mann” in a version from 1941.
The canvas was donated to Christel, who is the owner of the Landesirrenanstalt [the former madhouse] Domjüch near Neustrelitz, where this year’s Artbase – Urban Art Festival will take place.
But one of my paintings of this great German author is still missing.
Our society is often excluding many people from our social life.
We put old people into old people’s homes, people with mental problems into hospitals, disabled into special houses and criminals into prisons.
Our society fails to include them.
Maybe it is because of capitalism, because they are not productive enough in this money driven world. .
I try to bring back these people into society with some stencils and show my deep respect to them.
Vandalising election posters is a crime. But the real criminals can be seen on these posters.
Politicians stole our freedom and democracy, misuse our taxes, enable war and poverty, are corrupt, follow evil lobbyists, let refugees die in the Mediterranean Sea, let companies destroy our planet and so much more…..
Consequently, I painted black bars over the eyes of politicians for the upcoming EU election this Sunday. Just like criminals are shown in newspapers.
Politicians are even worse than gangsters – they created their diplom,atic iummunity and can not ecven be prosecuted for the crimes they do.
It is up to you to decide.
Most bugs are considered as vermin. The German word for vermin is “Ungeziefer”.
The prefix un- marks them as non-animals, evil animals or bad animals, that transfer diseases.
By painting them and even painting them bigger in size, I show my respect towards them and make them a piece of art.
Lacuna goes Teufelsberg.
I painted the Buddha and the holy Om Mani Padme Hung mantra, so that His positive energy can fly over Berlin.
On 15. January I painted a memorial wall for Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht at the memorial near Tiergarten. At this place, her dead body was thrown into the canal.
Around 25. February, unknown people painted over the memorial and crossed out my portraits of Rosa and Karl. “Hate doctrian” and „Holocaust 1932 Ukranien“ [sic!] was painted on the wall. Ten days earlier, the grave-stone of Karl Marx in London was similarly vandalised.
Later, the whole wall was cleaned by the city, including my portraits.
To keep the honor alive, I restored the painting again with the two portraits.
The four monkeys: do not see / do not hear / do not say anything and hands bound together.